was known as a renaissance man that strongly engaged the ever growing popular
thought of the European enlightenment thinkers. He was a friend of Voltaire and
talked with Him regularly during his journeys to France. Voltaire was a phenomenon, a
humorist, an iconoclast, and a humanitarian, with a love of science and
It was nothing shy of a natural friendship for them both to interact and share
the world of philosophy and science they both were experiencing.
was very captivated by the esoteric movement of his day. His personal preferences
and tastes were often in question, some of what was because he was an active
member of many of the fraternal lodges we know today, including the Free and
Accepted Masons. Franklin often boasted in his communications to others that he
had only missed a handful of masonic lodge meetings in his entire life. He was
also easily identified with the Rosicrucian movement and many believe he was
involved to some extent in the Illuminati, which was founded in Germany on May
1, 1776 by a university professor named Adam Weishaupt.
Franklin was asked by the Continental Congress to go Paris in December 1776 to
solicit money, arms and personnel from the French government for the colonist’s
Revolutionary War efforts. It is highly probable that during this trip he was
introduced to Weishaupt and the newly formed Illuminati society. Franklin’s
social and philosophical lifestyle would have placed him in an optimum
relationship with those who were in such circles of fellowship. Such a list of
members would be just as unavailable as the agenda of such secretive Illuminati
society meetings would be. No one really knows who exactly comprised the
membership of this order except Weishaupt himself. But there is little or no
doubt at all that Franklin was connected directly to the Illuminati in some way
Illuminati would have provided Franklin with support and assurance in his quest
to build the American revolutionary forces against the vast strength of the
British Empire. Weishaupt inspired much of his Illuminati constituency by
putting forth such language as; “To
return to man his fundament rights of equality and liberty. We shall begin by
destroying every religion and every civil society. And finish, abolishing
property.”(Adam Weishaupt) 
darker side was often more noticeable while he was in England. He was known to
be a member of a so called gentlemen’s club referred to in London as the “Hellfire
Club”. This was a very private
club that met regularly to participate in most every kind of debauchery. The
Hellfire Club had great disdain for Christianity.
Thus, it followed well with the enlightenment philosophy that Mr. Franklin
typically subscribed to.
few months before Franklin died he received a letter regarding his faith and
what his views were concerning the Christian faith. This was not uncommon in
his day. Many of the leading Pastors and theologians would attempt to obtain a
positive Christian testimony or statement of Christian belief from the founding
fathers as they drew nearer to their death. This was so that their response
could be used as an example to the general public of the influence Christianity
had played in the founding of America.
following is from a letter that Benjamin Franklin wrote to Ezra Styles who was
then president of Yale University. “As to
Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire; I think the
system of morals of his religion as he left them to us, the best the world ever
saw or is likely to see, but I apprehend it has received various corrupt
changes, and I have with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts
as to his divinity.”
In essence Franklin appreciates the morality of Jesus Christ, but does not
accept His divine authority.
Franklin was a very talented and creative personality. He played the guitar,
the harp and violin. More
notable, his inventions include the “Franklin
Stove” for heating and for cooking, a musical instrument called the “Glass
Armonica”, bifocal glasses and the
first flexible urinary catheter. He never patented any of his inventions.
discovered the elementary attributes of electricity and began the various
processes of harnessing electricity for productive use. In 1750 Franklin recommended
the use of
grounded lightning rods for houses ships and even towers and churches. The
practice of grounding buildings to protect them from dangerous lightning
strikes is still used today.
also established an organization titled “Junto”
– a self-improvement society for artisans.
It was a compilation of some of the most creative people in the city of
Philadelphia and its closely surrounding community. Many of its members
combined their knowledge and abilities to carry out the various plans that
Benjamin Franklin would discuss with them.
Franklin’s political contributions to the forming of the United States of
America as a recognized nation are numerous. Congress appointed a committee
consisting of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R.
Livingston and Roger Sherman to draft what we know as the Declaration of
When asked, Franklin declined to be the primary writer of the Declaration of
independence. He quickly and graciously moved the authorship of that document
into the skilled penmanship of Thomas Jefferson.
Mr. Franklin was more than happy to help
the language as he felt the need. Franklin crossed out part of chief author
Jefferson’s statement “We hold these
truths to be sacred and undeniable” in favor of ”We hold these truths
to be self evident,” changing their origin
from a divine gift to a rational conclusion.
Gabriel Secret Societies : The String
Pullers (BFS Media and Entertainment, 2007 DVD) narration
Christian J. Secret Mysteries of
America’s Beginnings (Antiquities Research Films, 2010 DVD) narration
Christian J. The Hidden Faith of the
Founding Fathers (Adullam Films, 2012 DVD) narration
 Fleming, Thomas
Liberty! The American Revolution (New York, Viking Press, 1997) p. 24
 Randolph, Ryan
P. Benjamin Franklin Inventor Writer and Patriot (New York, Rosen Publishing,
 Boyer, Paul S. United
States History (New York, Oxford
Press, 2001) p.290
 Boyer, Paul S. United
States History (New York, Oxford
Press, 2001) p.176
 Knauer, Kelly America
An Illustrated History (New York,
Time Books,, 2007) p. 12