Lead: In the middle of the Great Awakening a religious revival in 18th Century Colonial America, two men formed a strange alliance. George Whitefield needed publicity for his revival meetings, Benjamin Franklin was out for profits.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The two men at the opposite ends of the religious spectrum. Franklin was a deist, whose skepticism about matters religious was widely known. For the publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazzette and Poor Richard's Almanac, at best, religion was ethics and promoted hard work and civic morality. Whitefield was an Anglican priest caught up in the religious ferment of the 1700s, an itinerant evangelist whose preaching missions in England and America drew vast crowds to hear his message of the "new birth" in Jesus Christ and the need to go beyond mere agreement with doctrine.

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