Jan 23, 2015

The Conversion Of Benjamin Franklin, A Founder Of Our Country

Common Sense Commentary: Almost all of our founding fathers were Christians. Many unbelievers have denied that fact and have taken it upon themselves to bring our founders down to their own level of disbelief in either God the Father or Jesus Christ. In so doing they have used every possible means to misquote, misrepresent and mislead those who read or hear their denials. The truth is, Franklin had some misunderstandings and made some mistakes, in his youth, as have all of us. But as he matured, so did his faith in God and Jesus Christ. RB

Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. Wikipedia

The Conversion of Benjamin Franklin 

By Franklin Bill Fortenberry

Picture On March 9, 1790, just one month before his death at age 84, Benjamin Franklin penned a letter to Ezra Stiles in which he said that he had some doubts about the deity of Christ.  This letter has often been cited as evidence that Franklin rejected Christianity and maintained his skepticism until his death.  I was recently confronted with this claim again, and I decided that I would take the time to read Franklin’s writings in chronological order to see if it might be possible to trace out his spiritual journey.  As I did so, I was shocked to discover that this iconic figure of the Revolution had documented his own, spiritual revolution in clear detail revealing to all the world his conversion from skeptical deism to a full faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Here is a brief synopsis of what I found (Links to original sources are provided at the end of the article):

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