About the Authors


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 writes regularly for outlets including WORLD magazine and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasSKidd or on Facebook.


John Turner teaches and writes about the history of religion in nineteenth- andtwentieth-century America. This fall, he will begin teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at George Mason University. He is the author of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (Harvard University Press, 2012); and Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), winner of Christianity Today‘s 2009 award for History / Biography. He also blogs for Religion in American History and has written for popular outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. You cannot follow him unless you find him in person.


Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, and is based there  in the Institute for Studies of Religion. His most recent book is Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (HarperOne, 2011).


Agnes R. Howard teaches history at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, specializing in early America, particularly colonial New England.  She holds a PhD from the University of Virginia. She has spent time in Washington, DC, working in the office of Vice President Dan Quayle and for the journal, The Public Interest.  The birth of three children brought her attention to the history and culture of childbearing; the attainment of teen years by the eldest of the three has stretched those interests to other elements of the cultural landscape.  Her articles have appeared in CommonwealFirst Things, The Weekly StandardBooks & CultureThe Cresset, and other publications.

Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard currently holds the Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he is also the director of the Center for Christian Studies and the founding director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum, a great books honors program.  He is the author of several books, including Religion and the Rise of Historicism (Cambridge, 2000); Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University (Oxford, 2006), winner of the Lilly Fellows Program Book Annual Award, 2007; and God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (Oxford, 2011), winner of a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award.

David R. Swartz teaches history at Asbury University. He is author of Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and writes at the Moral Minority blog. Areas of teaching interest and research include American religious history, twentieth-century American politics, Anabaptism, global religion, and issues of war and peace. He is the founder and faculty sponsor of Plowshares, a Central Kentucky group that promotes peace and reconciliation.


Miles S. Mullin, II teaches Church History at the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He earned his Ph.D. in Religion at Vanderbilt University, specializing in American religious history.  He maintains broad historical and theological interests but focuses his research on evangelical history and African American religious history.  His most recent essay, “Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in Postwar America,” is included in Christians and the Color Line, forthcoming from OUP. Currently, he is revising his dissertation on the development of northern evangelical social concern after World War II for publication.