Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation by Barbara B. Oberg, Harry S. Stout

By Barbara B. Oberg, Harry S. Stout

This interdisciplinary choice of comparative essays through exclusive historians and literary critics seems at features of the concept of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin and considers where of those males in American tradition. most likely the 2 so much tested figures of the colonial interval, they've got usually been the article of comparative reports. those characterizations frequently painting them as at the same time specific excellent kinds, therefore putting them in different types as diverse and adverse as "traditional" and "modern." In those essays--by such students as William Breitenbach, Edwin Gaustad, Elizabeth Dunn, and Ruth Bloch--polemical contrasts disappear and Edwards and Franklin turn out to be contrapuntal topics in a bigger solidarity. Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the illustration of yankee tradition is a worthwhile addition to scholarship on American literature and suggestion.

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Works of President Edwards, 8:57. 51. , 8:55. 52. , 8: 69. 53. , 8: 64. 54. , 3:158. 55. PBF, 1: 268. 56. , 3: 345. 57. Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Lemay, p. 845. 58. Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Smyth, 9: 261. 59. PBF, 11: 450. 60. Works of President Edwards, 3: 298. 61. PBF, 2: 385. Emphasis is in original. 62. Works of President Edwards, 3: 343. 63. , 3: 349. 41 4 The Nature of True— and Useful—-Virtue: From Edwards to Franklin EDWIN S. GAUSTAD Perry Miller's unhappiness over the misinterpretation of his "From Edwards to Emerson" essay (as though he had argued "in some mystical pretension .

P. 398. 44. I want to insist that I am not trying to transform BF into a Calvinist or JE into an Arminian. My aim is simply to show similarities in the two men's approaches to the general issue of morality. For a fuller discussion of my interpretation of JE's theology, see William Breitenbach, "Piety and Moralism: Edwards and the New Divinity," in Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience, ed. Nathan O. Hatch and Many S. Stout (New York, 1988), pp. 179-90. 45. WJE, 4: 416-17; see also 2: 319-20.

There is nothing paradoxical in characterizing Franklin as an exponent of the notion of the Age of Reason, even though he was more of an experimenter than a rationalist. "45 In later years, he contrasted reason with "a good sensible Instinct" and suggested that the latter is to be preferred. He also wrote to a friend in France that reason must be fallible "since two people like you and me can draw from the same principles conclusions diametrically opposite. This reason seems to me a guide quite blind.

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