The Author

Thomas S. Kidd is the Vardaman Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and the author of many books, including Who Is an Evangelical? A History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale, 2019); Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale, 2017); Baptists in America: A History with Barry Hankins (Oxford, 2015); George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale, 2014); and Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic, 2011). You can follow him on Twitter.



Thomas’s Books

‘20 and Odd Negroes’ Are Brought to Virginia: The 400th Anniversary

Remembering and lamenting the beginnings of slavery in colonial America.

Franklin, Whitefield, and the Future of Christian Higher Education

Thomas Kidd on a debate between George Whitefield and

New and Notable Books – Summer 2019

The inaugural post of a series of occasional lists

Anointed with Oil: Evangelicals and the Petroleum Industry

An interview with historian Darren Dochuk on the outsized

How Many of the Founding Fathers Went to ‘Seminary’?

Exaggerated claims about the Christian education of the Founders