In what way(s) was Benjamin Franklin the living embodiment of the Enlightenment in America?
At a young age Benjamin Franklin was already a successful man, started out at 17 with a small printing shop then eventually founded a library, organized a fire company and a debate club, and started up the University of Pennsylvania. He obviously was an intellectual man, he shown interest mostly in science and shared his ideas in the fields of medicine, meteorology, geology, astronomy and physics. He would be one of the first major contributor in the Enlightenment era that impressively developed the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, and a glass harmonica. Not to mention, Franklin was a freethinker who envisioned a bright future for humankind; he had his own ideas and opinion. Believing that "as long as we may think as we will and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement."But religion was a big issue for him, although he was raised as a Presbyterian, he never really cared about religious orthodoxy. Franklin quit going to church but still kept his faith in God. He was more favoring the Deistic beliefs, that God had created a universe animated by natural laws, laws that inquisitive people could discern through reason. pg. 150-152