First Principles: Let Me Not Fail To Praise My God Continually, For It Is His Due and All I Can Return For His Many Favors and Great Goodness To Me

“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.



About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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