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

Faith in “Back Row America”

Being “spiritual” (having individualistic piety) without being “religious” (connected to a congregation) is not just unbiblical, but it has bad social outcomes too.

New History Textbook Grapples with America’s Complex Religious History

American history is a complicated mixture of ideals, failure,

Virtue Signaling and Historical Presentism

Let’s be honest about the sins of people in

How to Call Out Christians on Twitter

If you want to maintain relationships and actually change