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Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards have two very different ways of looking at God and how He is involved in a persons life The one thing they do have in common however is their similar belief that God is all knowing as Franklin believes and God is all-powerful as Edwards believes If Franklin were to look at Edwards beliefs in a more logical way he could undoubtedly see that not only is God all-knowing but he is also all-powerful due simply to the fact that He gave humans the ability to reason In Franklins autobiography he makes a simple prayer to God that asks Him to Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interestsfill my soul with knowledge He also says And conceiving God to be the Fountain of Wisdom I thought it right and necessary to solicit this assistance for obtaining it That Franklin believes that God is the Fountain of Wisdom shows that he believes that God is all-knowing As many Enlightenment thinkers believe God gave humans reason Using reason and logic as Enlightenment thinkers would it is possible to have Franklin believe that God is all-powerful like Edwards does Edwards clearly believes that God has omnipotent power Since reason was given to humans by God this obviously shows that God possess reason Reason is believed to give humans the ability to figure anything out and thus do anything If looked at in a different perspective this would show exactly why what Edwards believes makes complete sense Since God possesses reason he can figure out anything and thus do anything Since he is in fact God it goes without saying that he is limitless in what he can do Therefore there is nothing that God can not do If God can do anything because of this reason that he possesses it can then be said that God is in fact all-powerful Even though God gave humans reason it
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