Philadelphia, PA–learning and culture

In preparation for the election, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.

By the 1770s, Philadelphia was a center of learning and culture as well as trade and industry. Benjamin Franklin led the American Philosophical Society. The first subscription library in America was established. William Penn’s secretary, James Logan, had a library of more than 2,000 volumes. Botanist John Bartram corresponded with Linnaeus. Physician John Morgan discovered that pus is the secretion of the blood vessels. Ebenezer Kinnersley investigated electricity, in addition to Franklin. Astronomer David Rittenhouse observed the transit of Venus across the sun. Thomas Godfrey Jr. wrote the first American tragic drama. A literary circle formed around Provost William Smith of the College of Philadelphia.

Proverbs 8:12 (NLT)
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

Our Father in heaven,

You are the First and the Last. There is no other God. You are our Redeemer and Creator. You alone stretched out the heavens.

You are enthroned in heaven in manifold splendor. From Your throne come flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne are burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.

We thank You for the scientific advances, learning, and arts established in Philadelphia, PA. We stand with the company of heaven and sing over Philadelphia today:

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Isaiah 44:6,24


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