The Author

Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University and the author of several books, including Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic, 2011), George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale, 2014), Baptists in America: A History with Barry Hankins (Oxford, 2015), and Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale, 2017). You can follow him on Twitter.

Thomas’s Books

‘God Friended Me,’ Sexuality, and the Black Church

Why “God Friended Me,” a popular religious-themed show, steers clear of historically black denominations.

A Review of George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy

A new volume of essays represents the cutting edge

Presbyterian Pentecostals?

How the “jerking” exercise of the Second Great Awakening

Why J. Gresham Machen Didn’t Like the Term ‘Evangelical’

And why “orthodox Protestant” might be a more useful

A Baptist Abolitionist Appeals to Thomas Jefferson

The Rev. David Barrow came of age during a