Thomas S. Kidd

Thomas is a distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He is a former WORLD religion correspondent.

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America’s move from resistance to independence

Books | A historical overview of the beginnings of a free nation
by Thomas S. Kidd
Posted 4/25/20, 12:34 pm

I enjoy pointing WORLD readers to three good choices we now have in overall American history books. Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen’s A Patriot’s History of the United States and Wilfred McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story both offer coherent narratives that recognize American exceptionalism and do not bow to liberal pressure groups that demand identity politics. My gold medal goes to Thomas S. Kidd’s American History.

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Reigning classic

Religion | Most Americans who read the Bible say they still prefer the King James Version
by Thomas S. 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 S. 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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