by Kerry S. Walters
University of Illinois Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-252-06739-6 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02433-7
Library of Congress Classification E302.6.F8W27 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.3092

      Against the religious backdrop of pre- and postcolonial America stands
        the towering figure--and mind--of Benjamin Franklin. A Renaissance man
        in a Revolutionary time, Franklin had interests and knowledge not only
        in religion but in literature, philosophy, politics, publishing, history,
        and scientific inquiry, among many other disciplines.
      Kerry S. Walters examines Franklin's search for the Divine using a similar,
        multifaceted approach--and in so doing has created the first extended
        treatment of Franklin's religious thought in thirty years. Walters brings
        the same intellectual range and depth to the understanding of Franklin's
        beliefs that Franklin brought to his own quest. What emerges from this
        pilgrimage into the soul of one of America's greatest figures is a very
        human Benjamin Franklin who grew with the accumulation of knowledge to
        arrive at a "theistic perspectivism," which provided him with
        a philosophical explanation for the diversity of religious faiths--and
        a justification for the liberty of conscience he advocated throughout
        his life.
      Benjamin Franklin and His Gods is an original and beautifully
        challenging spiritual and intellectual biography. Destined to be a classic.

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