Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Founders on God & Country: Benjamin Franklin

"Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped.

That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see."
--Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University on March 9, 1790.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I have always loved Benjamin Franklin the best of all the Signers... his personality (quirky, blunt, unassuming), his ingenuity, and the gentle wisdom, seasoned with genteel humor, in his words.