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New History Textbook Grapples with America’s Complex Religious History

The idea that America is a Christian nation is both true and false. It’s true that the history of America has been shaped by many Christians. At the same time, there are numerous examples of Americans acting against Christian principles, even as they used the language of religion as justification—chief among them chattel slavery. The history of America is a complicated mixture of ideals, failure, and the tension between these extremes. Wading into this complex history is Thomas Kidd, professor of history at Baylor University and…
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