Essay Benjamin Franklin Autobiography

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Nick Silva Howard-Pitney History 17A November 19, 2012 Essay B “And now I speak of thanking God, I desire with all Humility to acknowledge, that I owe the mention'd Happiness of my past Life to his kind Providence, which led me to the Means I us'd and gave them Success.” (Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 28) I chose this quote to open this essay because it’s one of the first things Franklin talks about when he takes over in his autobiography. It shows that he has a relationship with god because he gives god the credit for all of the things he had accomplished. Throughout his biography he mentions religion quite a few times. He opposes organized religion, which according to him consists of: Attending Church,…show more content…
He also talks about how he doesn’t mind contributing to the local Presbyterian minister’s salary even though he hardly attended, or really paid attention to his sermons. It’s all because of Franklin’s very progressive process of thought. He didn’t think like most of the people around him, he was able to see that some things didn’t make sense and he would oppose said thoughts that most people agreed with because of their faith. “It will be remark'd that, tho' my Scheme was not wholly without Religion there was in it no Mark of any of the distinguishing Tenets of any particular Sect.” (Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 102) This is just him pointing out that his beliefs are not without the ideals that religion has put out there, but that he is not a part of any sole religion. Ironically, in a way, he is part of his own personalized religion. It’s not one many people are part of, but he follows his own rules, beliefs and traditions. Now, I wouldn’t call Benjamin Franklin a VERY religious person, but I definitely would say he is religious. My reasoning for this is because yes, he does believe in god, and has his own customs for what he believes in, but he doesn’t focus everything he talks about on religion. He is also one of
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