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.
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)