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

Did Congress Print the First American Bible?

An episode that reveals the source of one of the hardiest myths of “Christian America” writers.

Fertility and the Decline of American Religion

Why America’s dropping fertility rate suggests it may be

Three Reasons to Read a New Book on Fundamentalism

An outsider to fundamentalism helps us understand on-the-ground fundamentalism

The Legacy of John Gerstner, Presbyterian Historian and Mentor to R. C. Sproul

A new book examines the life of John Gerstner,

Politicians Speaking at the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting: A Brief History

Access to political power is enticing. But is the