User talk:Prometheus6289

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Please do not remove relevant and useful information from the pages as you did on Examples of Bias in Wikipedia. Thank you. ~ SharonS 20:16, 21 February 2007 (EST)

I didn't remove useful information but instead removed fradulent information, and included a citation for the reason for the removal: Ben Franklin was a deist to his death. As it stands, the citation contradicts the information, so I again will remove the offending material but will leave the source in case you need to see why I did so. --Prometheus6289 20:22, 21 February 2007 (EST)

You did remove factual information from Bias in Wikipedia about Benjamin Franklin that is contrary to your view of him. This is a warning. If you remove factual information again in an anti-Christian or biased manner then you will be blocked.--Aschlafly 20:32, 21 February 2007 (EST)

Prometheus6289, it depends on what definition of deism you use. It turns out to be more complicated than I thought. Until a few weeks ago I would have said Franklin was a deist, period, end of story. But one dictionary definition says

The belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation.[1]

Now, one may argue that that's not the right definition of deism, but it's certainly a definition, and by that definition Franklin was not a deist in his adult years. If you read Franklin's "Creed", he certainly believes in a God who intervenes in the affairs of men ("governs [the Universe] by Providence"). Franklin clearly advocated what might be called "generic religion." Nonsectarian public prayer to open official meetings and that sort of thing. His views sound to me more like those of a modern Unitarian than that particular dictionary definition of deism. Dpbsmith 20:43, 21 February 2007 (EST)