Leaving the deism of his youth and the immorality it produced, Benjamin Franklin came to realize that the Calvinism of his youth was closer to reality than he had previously imagined. Though never fully returning to this theological tradition in which he was raised, he realized that human government must reflect God’s government of the world, and for this reason, secularists, atheists, agnostics, and the irreligious falsely attempt to lay claim to Franklin as one of their patron saints. A careful reading of Franklin will not allow him to be used for the cause of irreligion, as frequently the secularists seek to do. As the posts in this series will demonstrate, Benjamin Franklin enlisted himself in the advocacy of Christianity in society–including government.