Here are observations which could easily have reinforced Franklin's deistic rationale.
The rise of the deistic movement may be defined in a sentence.
There is this difference between me and deistic philosophers: I believe; and I believe the Gospel.
The pro-Bolingbroke and deistic sentiments of the Critical Remarks lend color to this attribution.
This was apparent in the deistic optimism that almost stifled spiritual life during the Eighteenth Century.
Finally, his rhetoric was shaped by deistic predecessors who used sarcasm and satire to mock the gravity of church authority.
While Franklin's proposal was not inconsistent with his deistic belief it was not adopted.
This simple deistic phrase, "under God," is the only utterance of a religious character to be found in that oration.
He simply testifies to his belief and trust in God—to his deistic faith—nothing more.
But it is a mistake to attribute all the deistic expressions that appear in his state papers to him.