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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Edward Colimore of the Philadelphia Inquirer presents a balanced exposition of Benjamin Franklin's faith in his 3/21/06 article. Had Edward quoted a scripture passage, this would have been a strong entry in the Amy Writing Awards. Here's a sample of his piece:

Faith debate familiar to Franklin
What would Ben do? Same as us, one
philosopher posits - wonder.
by Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer

He was born 300 years ago but would have felt at home in today's cultural tug-of-war between America's secular and religious camps.

Benjamin Franklin lived through a similar battle himself and was conflicted about his own faith.

What would he say about the government display of the Ten Commandments and the use of "In God We Trust" on coins? Where would Franklin be in the debate over the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance or the teaching of intelligent design in the public schools?

"Franklin's religious perspectives are what really make him seem a contemporary in the beginning of the 21st century," said Kerry Walters, the William Bittinger professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College.
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Well done, Edward! Find the article at
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/14146951.htm

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