“Let me, then, not fail to praise my God continually, for it is his due, and it is all I can return for his many favors and great goodness to me; and let me resolve to be virtuous, that I may be happy, that I may please him who is delighted to see me happy.” – Benjamin Franklin, in Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion (20 Nov. 1728)
Some try to lay out the claim that Benjamin Franklin was a Deist and not Christian. I would ask anyone who has fallen for this to go back over the historical record and you will ample evidence to the contrary throughout his life to the contrary. What I believe is more true to say is that for a very short period, he as with many great persons of faith struggled with his faith and grappled with great questions. During that period, for a very short time, Franklin studied on and ultimately rejected deism.