I believe in one God, the creator of the universe.  That he governs it by his Providence.  That he ought to be worshipped.  That the most acceptable service we can render to him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its condition in this.  These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.  As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion as he left them to us, the best the world saw or is like to see.  (Benjamin Franklin, THE PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE OF B. FRANKLIN 1753-90)

Reference:  THE ETERNAL VISION-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SPIRITUAL QUOTATIONS compiled by William Sykes 2003

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