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American Literature - AGE OF REASON Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Deism believe jesus was a mortal man not a mass movement religion of upper

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AGE OF REASON Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Deism - believe jesus was a mortal man - not a mass movement, religion of upper classes - not a church, meeting houses, sermons, just a body of shared beliefs/ideals - deist god: “first cause” and ben frank: “scientifically ordered universe” “omnipotent” etc - they had blind faith - *for them god was “the great clock maker” – means that their idea in order to scientifically ordered fabulous universe, there 1) had to be a creator, 2) he believes so much in his creation of humankind, he stepped back and crafted the universe - different from puritans: puritans are not worthy in god’s eyes (their god is angry), and deists: theirs is a very benevolent god (establishes the world like a machine, fully capable to run it, all for mankind) - essentially, more of a way of thinking rather than practice Famous 5 Points of deism (by Lord Herbert Jerbury) 1. That there is a Supreme Power (whicfh he further explains to be a benevolent God) 2. That this Sovereign Power must be worshipped 3. That the good ordering of disposition of the faculties of man constitutes the principal or best part of divine worship, and that this hasalways been believed (my emphasis)
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2009 for the course ENG 33935 taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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American Literature - AGE OF REASON Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Deism believe jesus was a mortal man not a mass movement religion of upper

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