I recently received a copy of this new book by Thomas Kidd, God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, and it looks very helpful.

Some praise for it below:

“This deeply researched, clearly organized, and well written book illuminates a complex and often controversial history. The Revolutionary and Constitutional periods were neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘godless’ as these terms are used in modern polemics. Instead, patriots and leaders of the early United States united to support disestablishment and common principles about the need for virtue to insure republican freedoms, despite holding different personal beliefs. Thomas Kidd is a remarkably sure-footed guide through this treacherous historical terrain.”—Mark Noll

“A truly ‘revolutionary’ book, in all the right ways.”—Rodney Stark

“Thomas Kidd does an excellent job of providing a readable and notably comprehensive account of the varied roles that the religion played in the era of the American Revolution.”—George Marsden

“At last, a history of religion and the American Revolution that addresses the revolutionary war in substantial detail. Thomas Kidd brilliantly examines the role of religion in the Revolution, and explores the intersection of religion and the Republic, neither of which can be fully understood without reference to the other. Kidd demonstrates in persuasive detail how the idea of religious liberty informed the meaning of the Republic at its deepest level.”—Harry S. Stout

“Thomas Kidd offers an important critique of the mainstream interpretations of the American Revolution. God of Liberty reveals the central role that the Christian faith played in the revolutionary era. The surprising partnership of devout believers and deistic doubters to secure America’s victory makes for fascinating reading.”—Peter A. Lillback
Here is a 10-minute introduction to the book by Dr. Kidd on C-Span’s BookTV.
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4 thoughts on “A Religious History of the American Revolution”

  1. Patrick Chan says:

    For what it’s worth, a few interviews with Prof. Thomas Kidd on his book: here, here, and here.

  2. Thank you, Justin! C-Span BookTV has posted the entire (1-hour) lecture here:

    http://l.quena.com/hqBJnh

  3. Trent Henderson says:

    I think you’ll find this and the other books Tommy has written very helpful. As a friend and former co-laborer with him, I can attest both to his intellectual acumen as well as his spiritual integrity.

  4. MRS says:

    Had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kidd some years ago – a bright and generous man. Looking forwrd to reading this.

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