Essay on Benjamin Franklin And Thomas Paine

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Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine both were visionaries in their day, understanding that the world around us was more than just dirt and rock but that there was a divine infinite universe in front of us to explore and all you had to do was look up. While both of these men could be found laying the bricks for the age of enlightenment in the colonies and paving the way for a new country, free of British rule, they were also vastly different in individual temperament. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine alike observed the world through a scientific lens, although they both had contrasting views on issues such as religion, government and if the colonies should separate from Britain. While both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine could agree on many cutting edge theories concerning the vastness of the universe they were both very different in religious views. Franklin, born in Boston, Massachusetts, was brought up in a Puritan household practicing the Episcopalian form of Christianity. Franklin best spoke of his religious beliefs in a letter to Ezra Stiles, president of Yale University, in March of 1790,
I believe in one God, creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental principles of all sound…

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