Saturday, January 15, 2005

Benjamin Franklin: Toleration in Old and New England

" If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England."

Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin: London, 1757 - 1775

Read the entire text at The History



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