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Benjamin Franklin and the Puritans Like the Puritans Benjamin Franklin believed in God and the virtues of hard work thrift and prosperity Yet it is uncertain whether Franklin and the Puritans actually shared the same image of God and man The Puritans believed that because of Adam and Eves sin of disobedience most of humanity would be damned for all eternity Yet though Adams sin was damning the Puritans believed that because of Gods mercy He would send His son to earth to allow some to be saved They also believed that God determined a persons fate They said a person could do nothing to become one of the saved On the other hand Benjamin Franklin believed that ones self determines where he will end up in the after life He believed that Adam and Eves original sin did not punish man He said our souls are immortal and that all crime will be punished and virtue rewarded either here or hereafter That is the quite contrary to what the Puritans believed What Benjamin Franklin is saying there is that our souls will live on forever and our bad doings will be punished while our good deeds will be rewarded either during our life or in the after life Benjamin Franklin was a deist Deists avoided supporting specific religious sects They sought instead the principles that united all the religions belief in God On the contrary the Puritans had their own specific religion and followed just that Furthermore Benjamin Franklin stressed humanitys inherent goodness humans deep down try to do good while the Puritans believed that humans were all sinners and basically not good people In fact they said that the government was very necessary because of the sinful state of humanity Benjamin Franklin said The best form of worship was to do good for others Whereas the Puritans said Religion is a personal inner experience Those two views differ immensely in that Franklin
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