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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Relative Rome?

Religion | Pope’s comments on ethics raise concerns of conservative Christians
by Thomas S. Kidd
Posted 10/18/13, 01:00 am

A new poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that most American Catholics are pleased with Pope Francis, even as some conservative critics have begun to worry about the pope’s perceived equivocating on gay marriage and abortion. Eighty-nine percent of Catholics register a “very favorable” or “favorable” view of Francis, six months after his selection as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. More strikingly, 68 percent of respondents agree with Francis’ contention that the church focuses too much on controversies over homosexuality and abortion.

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Global salt

Religion | As American Methodists drift toward same-sex marriage, international UMC members apply brakes
by Thomas S. Kidd
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

United Methodist pastor Stephen Heiss conducted his first same-sex marriage in 2002, wedding his daughter Nancy to her lesbian partner. Heiss calls that event “the highlight” of his career. Since 2011, when the state of New York legalized same-sex marriages, Heiss has presided at seven more ceremonies, including five at his church. By doing so, Heiss is openly violating United Methodist Church (UMC) law. 

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A church divided

Religion | Gay agenda continues to roil worldwide Anglican Communion
by Thomas S. Kidd
Posted 9/20/13, 01:00 am

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