They were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s.
Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, “You must be born again.” People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities. When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation—just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.
|About the Contributor(s)||Randy Petersen
Randy Petersen has written more than fifty books on subjects ranging from history to relationships, psychology, sports, and even word games. Formerly an editor and writer with Christian History magazine, he also prepares curriculum for small-group Bible studies. Apart from his writing, Randy teaches public speaking at a community college, preaches occasionally at his church, and directs in area theaters He lives in the Philadelphia area.
|Publish Date||Jun 9, 2015|
- Review by Miriam
Whoever thought that a printer and a preacher would have such an enormous impact upon America? George Whitefield led the “Great Awakening” to establish a spiritual framework for the American colonists. They were now Christian, united in faith. Benjamin Franklin forged a uniquely American personality with delightful homespun humor and matter-of-fact, hardscrabble common sense. Franklin, the one-time laborer turned entrepreneur-politician-scientist-diplomat had proved his mettle and his point.
In this stunning new world, everyone was treated as nobility, with equality for all. Success was won by all who worked for it. Inspired by this, Benjamin Franklin created an inspiring array of social structures to knit together the new American nation. (Posted on 8/7/2015)