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Franklin, Whitefield, and the Future of Christian Higher Education

“What then was the aim of the academy? What was the proper goal of education? For Franklin, it was to impress upon the students the desire ‘to serve mankind,’ to serve one’s country, friends, and family. Franklin knew that some potential supporters would balk at such human-centered vision. Thus in an extended footnote, he insisted that the aim of service to mankind was just another way of saying the glory and service of God. Okay. So here Franklin was restating his notion of true religion: doing good to men is the only service of God in our power, and to imitate his beneficence is to glorify him.” — Thomas Kidd

Date: April 2, 2019

Event: TGC 2019 National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

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