Benjamin franklin joined the crowds that thronged to hear whitefield preach, but rather than listening to his message, ben turned and walked away as he walked further and further away, he stopped periodically to see if he could still hear the british preacher. By john fea this article originally appeared in pennsylvania heritage magazine volume xxxvii, number 4 - fall 2011 ezra stiles (1727-1795), the calvinist president of yale college, was curious about benjamin franklin (1706-1790) and his faith. Part one, first section summary the autobiography opens with a salutation to ben franklin son, william franklin who at the time was the royal governor of new jersey franklin is writing in the summer of 1771 on vacation in a small town about 50 miles south of london. A contemporary of such men as john wesley and jonathan edwards, he spent his life in the service of his lord franklin, on the other hand, spent his life in the service of his country like many of his contemporaries, he was a practical deist, acknowledging the existence of god as creator and provider, but not recognizing the claims of jesus.
Ben franklin and the bible i'm continually stunned by those who flatly assert benjamin franklin was a deist jonathan edwards center jonathan. Jonathan edwards, con't perhaps jonathan edward's only writing familiar to most modern audiences, sinners in the hands of an angry god was not representative of his vast theological output, which contains some of the most learned and profound religious works ever written by an american. Mcgee lectures on the autobio of ben franklin. Jonathan edwards american theologian whose sermons and writings stimulated the great awakening, a period of renewed interest in religion in america benjamin franklin.
Jonathan edwards, the yale minister who refused to convert to the church of england, became concerned that new englanders were becoming far too concerned with worldly matters it seemed to him that people found the pursuit of wealth to be more important than john calvin's religious principles. Search form search utility. Benjamin franklin, jonathan edwards, and the representation of american culture is a valuable addition to scholarship on american literature and thought. Beginnings to 1820 making connections one of the few things that thomas paine and jonathan edwards have in common is their reliance on simplicity and directness of rhetorical style (see paine's common sense and edwards's sinners in the hands of an angry god.
Benjamin franklin and jonathan edwards were born within three years of each other, but, despite their similar ages, the two men had radically different perspectives and beliefs. Introduction of their book benjamin franklin, jonathan edwards, and the representation of american culture, it is difficult, if not impossible to, think of two more widely studied colonial figures than benjamin franklin and jonathan edwards. Created by eugenia balqis 8c humanities term 1 assessment: out of darkness into light. Some things we may focus on are the enlightenment period, the great awakening, authors such as jonathan edwards, benjamin franklin, thomas paine, thomas jefferson, and phyllis wheatley, along with their literary works.
While it is widely understood that benjamin franklin rejected puritan thought and turned instead to the rationalism of the enlightenment, franklin was certainly raised in the puritan tradition. Jonathan edwards the most outstanding preacher of the great awakening he was a new england congregationalist and preached in northampton, ma, he attacked the new doctrines of easy salvation for all. Ben franklin was one of those who heard him preach and was impressed christianitycom reports that franklin offered to print whitefield's sermons and provided housing to whitefield in philadelphia above his shop on market street. Search the history of over 339 billion web pages on the internet.
Five of the first great awakening's most important preachers were jonathan edwards, george whitefield, theodore freylinghuysen, and william and gilbert tennent because of their central role and importance, we shall limit our discussion here to edwards (1703-1758) and whitefield (1714-1770. Jonathan edwards was an early american philosopher and minister who was involved in the 18th century religious revival known as the great awakening benjamin franklin:. The most famous man of his age, benjamin franklin was an individual of many talents and accomplishments he invented the wood-burning stove and the lightning rod, he wrote poor richard's almanac and the way to wealth, and he traveled the world as a diplomat.
New lights such as jonathan edwards and gilbert tennent (revivalist preachers themselves) heralded the renewal of faith and the increase in church membership (especially among men and young people) and defended the transformative effect of emotion in religious experience (while encouraging some preachers to moderate their oratorical excesses. On jonathan edwards' resolutions and benjamin franklin's poor richard's almanacks a lthough their publications are separated by a mere decade, jonathan edwards' resolutions and the wit and wisdom of benjamin franklin's poor richard's almanack seem be written in particularly different eras in american thought. Study 40 ch3 flashcards from chas b on studyblue benjamin franklin believed a major reason for colonial population growth was: jonathan edwards's famous. Rodriguez 1 ruth rodriguez dr tammy kearn english 14 16 october 2014 franklin and edwards essay both benjamin franklin and jonathan edwards each in their own right contributed to the immense changes that were taking place in the colonies during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century.