Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Morning

When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with the enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God. For, as all right-thinking people were aware, lightning is sent by God to punish impiety or some other grave sin—the virtuous are never struck by lightning. Therefore if God wants to strike any one, Benjamin Franklin [and his lightening-rod] ought not to defeat His design; indeed, to do so is helping criminals to escape. But God was equal to the occasion, if we are to believe the eminent Dr. Price, one of the leading divines of Boston. Lightning having been rendered ineffectual by the 'iron points invented by the sagacious Dr. Franklin,' Massachusetts was shaken by earthquakes, which Dr. Price perceived to be due to God's wrath at the 'iron points.' In a sermon on the subject he said,' In Boston are more erected than elsewhere in New England, and Boston seems to be more dreadfully shaken. Oh! there is no getting out of the mighty hand of God.' Apparently, however, Providence gave up all hope of curing Boston of its wickedness, for, though lightning-rods became more and more common, earthquakes in Massachusetts have remained rare.

8 comments:

Living on the Spit said...

Very deep and thought provoking post. Thnk you for being my lightening rod even though you may not have realized it.

Country Girl said...

That is WAY too deep for me to ponder before I've had my brunch.

noble pig said...

I never knew this.

TSannie said...

CG said it best.

Daryl said...

Lightening rods attract the oddest strikes, i hear

Mental P Mama said...

Sick. Brunch time.

Mango Girl said...

H'mmm. Who knew?

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I guess I have been struck and am going to hell.
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