The Freedom Of Religion In Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

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When Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography was published in the 18th century, it reflected Franklin’s uncommon and advanced mindset at that time, considering the fact that at that time, humans could be hanged for doubting the Revelation. In his Autobiography, Franklin expresses skepticism toward religion and explains why he does not commit himself to one particular faith. However, Franklin respects the freedom of religion and highly promotes moral and virtuous behavior. Franklin discusses his reflections on religion and the distinction between organized religions and beliefs that are not bound to religious systems. He emphasizes that organized religion and sects are more focused on following specific rules and practices, than concentrating on really understanding God and His ideas of humility, moral behavior and virtue. Benjamin Franklin tolerates and accepts people who have different mindsets and commit themselves to organized religions; however, even though Franklin believes in God and His creations, he considers organized religion as something that does not inspire morality and, instead, creates a hostile environment among people. The importance of religion is reflected through its use for society. Many people left their homes in Great Britain to start a new life in a foreign country they were not accustomed…show more content…
He soon discovered the religious persuasion ‘Deism,’ which coincided with his beliefs. At age 15, he discovered books against Deism. The arguments that were leveled against Deism had the opposite effect. To Franklin, Deists appeared more reasonable, while organized religion appeared totally worth refuting (Franklin 55). Deism enabled Franklin to understand and tolerate different religions while maintaining his basics belief of
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