God of Liberty by Thomas S. Kidd
A Religious History of the American Revolution

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Before the Revolutionary War, America was a nation divided by different faiths. But when the war for independence sparked in 1776, colonists united under the banner of religious freedom. Evangelical frontiersmen and Deist intellectuals set aside their differences to defend a belief they shared, the right to worship freely. Inspiring an unlikely but powerful alliance, it was the idea of religious liberty that brought the colonists together in the battle against British tyranny.

In God of Liberty, historian Thomas S. Kidd argues that the improbable partnership of evangelicals and Deists saw America through the Revolutionary War, the ratification of the Constitution, and the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800. A thought-provoking reminder of the crucial role religion played in the Revolutionary era, God of Liberty represents both a timely appeal for spiritual diversity and a groundbreaking excavation of how faith powered the American Revolution.

 

About Thomas S. Kidd

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Thomas S. Kidd is associate professor of history at Baylor University. The author of several books on American religious history, he lives in Woodway, Texas.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Basic Books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Intriguing look at the role played by faith in America's movement for independence.

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They found a common cause in the struggle to prevent an official established church - such as the Church of England - from being set over the Colonies.

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The Gospel Coalition

Kidd, associate professor of history at Baylor University, examines the tensions that make this dispute about America's founding so difficult to resolve.

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The Gospel Coalition

Kidd’s religious history of the Revolutionary era does not bolster conservative arguments for an explicitly Christian founding of America.

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The Christian Century

Those gaps are (in reverse chronological order) religion during the Great Depression, religion and the Civil War, religion during the Revolutionary era and religion during the Great Awakening.

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