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ISR’s Thomas Kidd, Booklist Online Review of new book– Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

booklistonlineBenjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father. 
Kidd, Thomas S. (author).
May 2017. 288p. illus. Yale, hardcover, $32.50 (9780300217490). 973.3.ben-franklin
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2017 (Booklist).
 
Debating the Founding Fathers’ faith is a sturdy American indoor sport. So a biography of the most celebrated Founder oriented around his religious opinions should fly off library shelves. And Kidd proffers a very fine book about America’s first international celebrity. Drawing on Franklin’s many pamphlets and newspaper essays on religion, his correspondence with his most religious close friends—his sister Jane Mecom and the spearhead of the Great Awakening, evangelist George Whitefield—and the remarks of other acquaintances, Kidd argues that Franklin was, from very early on, a deist who believed in benevolent divine Providence. He disliked doctrine, especially the Calvinist predestination in which he was raised, preferring the Christian morality of good works. Having first read the Bible in toto by age five, he had its words at the tip of his tongue; his writing and speech teem with biblical citation and allusion. When he disputed with doctrinaire Christians, he used reason, never deprecation. Of humble heritage, he avoided mounting his high horse. He pioneered “a distinctly American kind of religion,” Kidd says, a “doctrineless, moralized Christianity,” in which “virtually all beliefs became nonessential” and God calls all to do good. Consider this lucid, economical, nonacademic work of scholarship a new cornerstone of Franklin studies.— Ray Olson