Thomas Kidd

Thomas is a professor of history at Baylor University and a senior fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion. His most recent book is Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots. Follow Thomas on Twitter @ThomasSKidd.

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Reigning classic

Religion | Most Americans who read the Bible say they still prefer the King James Version
by Thomas Kidd
Posted 3/21/14, 01:00 am

A new study on “The Bible in American Life” by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture suggests that the Bible retains a position of unique influence among Americans, even if many more people respect the Bible than actively read it. The report finds that two-thirds of those people who hardly ever read the Bible still affirm that the Scriptures are either the “inspired” or “inerrant” Word of God. 

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Changing majors

Religion | Christian women’s conference speakers seek to shift evangelical emphasis in public life
by Thomas Kidd
Posted 3/07/14, 01:00 am

The recent IF:Gathering in Austin, Texas, a “Jesus-centered event for women,” generated much attention on social media and in the Christian blogosphere. Its speaking roster included prominent Christian figures such as Ann Voskamp, author of the best-selling One Thousand Gifts, and Shelley Giglio of Atlanta’s Passion City Church. Twitter lit up during the two-day conference, with the #IFGathering hashtag regularly in the world’s top “trending” topics.

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Beyond belief

Religion | English court orders Mormon leader to defend LDS doctrines at a hearing
by Thomas Kidd
Posted 2/21/14, 01:00 am

An English court has ordered Mormon Church president Thomas Monson to appear at a March hearing to answer charges of religious fraud. The summons came in response to a suit by a former Mormon leader who alleges that key Latter-day Saints (LDS) beliefs are false, making their fundraising efforts deceptive.

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