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Unformatted text preview: Though Franklin found some dogmas of the Presbyterian church in which he was reared "unintelligible," he states, "I never was without some religious Principles; I never doubted, for instance, the Existence of the Deity, that he made the World, and govern'd it by his Providence; that the most acceptable Service of God was the doing Good to Man; that our Souls are immortal; and that all Crime will be punished, and Virtue rewarded either here or hereafter." He felt these beliefs represented "the Essentials of every Religion," so he respected every religion, and contributed to the building funds of all Philadelphia sects. He felt public worship was proper and useful, and therefore helped pay the salary of the Presbyterian minister. But he refused to attend the sermons because he felt the clergyman tried "rather to make us Presbyterians than good Citizens." For his own worship, felt the clergyman tried "rather to make us Presbyterians than good Citizens....
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09