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Why Benjamin Franklin Embodies The American Enlightenment During the sixteen and seventeen hundreds an enlightenment was taking place An American enlightenment During this enlightenment people began to view things differently They began to ask questions like how and why People instead of looking to god for an answer they looked to science They began to view things as miracles of chance instead creations of god Benjamin Franklin a New England puritan ironically embodied this enlightenment Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 to a tallow maker He became a printers apprentice and began to write a number of satiric pieces for his brothers paper Though he was puritan he viewed things differently In his life time he invented many things including the glass harmonica bifocals and the Franklin stove Though he was puritan he performed many scientific experiments He along with many other people began to view his education on a different level with god He instead of relying on god for his answers began to find them for himself This view of science was becoming more and more widespread People during the enlightenment viewed science as a completely different topic than religion though the two were quite overlapped at the time All the previous information had been basic and ruled by the church The churchs view of science was that it was a sin Though people were viewing science as tool they were wary of the repercussions of using it Benjamin Franklin used science to try to make himself perfect by making a list of what he viewed as virtues The list is as follows h Temperance- Eat not to dullness drink not to elevation h Silence- Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself avoid trifling conversation h Order- Let all things have their places let each part of your business have its time h Resolution- Resolve to perform what you ought perform without fail what you resolve h Frugality- Make
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