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Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Victorian moralism
Alison Hulme

belief in salvation, the divinity of Jesus and religious dogma.3 Indeed, his autobiography of 1771 stated that he saw himself as a deist, i.e. rejecting revelation as a form of religious knowledge, and believing instead in the power of reason and observation of the natural world to prove the existence of a single Creator (Franklin, 2012b). As a result, Franklin’s thrift is essentially secular in its logic and morals. If Franklin’s thinking was rather challenging when considered in the light of his strict Puritan upbringing, his actions were perhaps even more rebellious

in A brief history of thrift