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Thomas S. Kidd

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Thomas Kidd teaches history at Baylor University and is Senior Fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion. His newest book is Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, published in 2011 with Basic Books. God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution was published in 2010, also by Basic Books. Additional recent books include American Christians and Islam, published in 2008 by Princeton University Press, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, published by Yale University Press in 2007, and The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Documents, with Bedford Books in 2007. He has appeared on the Glenn Beck television program and written op-eds for USA Today and the Washington Post.

Faith in History

From Arab Spring, Winter is Coming

Amid the eclipse of religious liberty, is tiny Tunisia showing the way to the light? Read More »

Not Clinging to Religion?: Charles Murray's "Coming Apart"

Reducing the gospel of Christ to the consumerism of Christendom has hastened the deterioration of our culture. But opportunity for repentance and renewal is always at hand. Read More »

A Jeremiad with Statistics: Christian Smith on the Nihilistic Lives of College-Age Americans

The average American teenager's cultural diet of school, media, sports, and/or church is not preparing them to emerge as morally capable adults. Read More »

The Rise and Fall of American Methodism

Politicized faith is a key historic ingredient in denominational decline. Read More »

Slavery: America's Original Sin?

Acknowledging slavery does not detract from the Founders' accomplishments. Read More »

Is the "War on Religion" a Myth?

The Supreme Court's Hosanna-Tabor decision was a triumph for religious liberty, but the case itself shows why we need to remain vigilant. Read More »

Recent Articles

From Arab Spring, Winter is Coming

Amid the eclipse of religious liberty, is tiny Tunisia showing the way to the light? Read More »

Not Clinging to Religion?: Charles Murray's "Coming Apart"

Reducing the gospel of Christ to the consumerism of Christendom has hastened the deterioration of our culture. But opportunity for repentance and renewal is always at hand. Read More »

A Jeremiad with Statistics: Christian Smith on the Nihilistic Lives of College-Age Americans

The average American teenager's cultural diet of school, media, sports, and/or church is not preparing them to emerge as morally capable adults. Read More »

The Rise and Fall of American Methodism

Politicized faith is a key historic ingredient in denominational decline. Read More »

Slavery: America's Original Sin?

Acknowledging slavery does not detract from the Founders' accomplishments. Read More »

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