Baylor Expert on Founding Fathers Discusses Ben Franklin's Faith in New Book

Baylor Expert on Founding Fathers Discusses Ben Franklin's Faith in New Book Baylor Expert on Founding Fathers Discusses Ben Franklin's Faith in New Book

June 27, 20171 min read
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What the Founding Fathers believed about God and religion has long been a subject of debate and fascination, and Benjamin Franklin’s beliefs in particular may have the widest variety of interpretations among his peers.


As multi-faceted as Franklin’s life was — he was a printer, diplomat, scientist and more — his religious beliefs were perhaps even more complex. From his Puritan upbringing to deism, skepticism and more, Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and Associate Director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, explores the influences and evolution of faith throughout Franklin’s life in the new book: "Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father."


In a column for The Wall Street Journal, Kidd wrote of Franklin:


"In today’s polarized political and religious environment, some pundits seek to remake the Founding Fathers in their own image. Benjamin Franklin’s example reveals that the historical truth is often more complicated."


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  • Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D.
    Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History

    Dr. Kidd is Associate Director of Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and Co-Director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion.

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