God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution

by Thomas S. Kidd
     
 

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A top historian narrates the crucial role of religion in shaping the American Revolution and the formation of the RepublicSee more details below

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A top historian narrates the crucial role of religion in shaping the American Revolution and the formation of the Republic

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Washington Times
“Thought-provoking, meticulously researched ... a salutary reminder of the role religious belief played in the founding of our country ... all the more valuable because that story clearly is in danger of being expunged from the historical record.”

The Weekly Standard
“[An] eloquently argued study.... [Kidd] demonstrates effectively the variety of faiths among Americans of the revolutionary era.”

Christianity Today
“Balanced without being bland, lucid in the telling, Thomas Kidd’s chronicle corrects the excesses both of those who overstate the degree to which America was founded as a ‘Christian nation’ and of those who seek to minimize the formative role of religion in the new nation’s character.”

The Oklahoman
“Full of information about the religion situation of the colonial, revolutionary and early periods of America.... Highly recommended.”

Christian Century
“One of the many virtues of this book is that Kidd is a careful and judicious historian.... He points out—correctly—the errors of both present-day secularists on the left, who insist that the founders barred religious voices from political discourse, and the church-state separation deniers on the right. The lesson of American history is that although church and state are institutionally separate, morality and freedom are seldom at odds and that, in fact, they are mutually reinforcing.”

The Weekly Standard
“Kidd is careful not to adopt an explicitly ‘Christian nation’ view of the role of religious faith, especially evangelical Christian faith, in the nation’s founding.... But he is unequivocal in stating that the majority of Americans at the time were Christian believers of some kind or other, and that the evangelical component of them (Patrick Henry, for example) played a formative role in creating the new republic.”

Journal of American History
“One of the book’s key contributions is to highlight the role of evangelicals in the founding era.... [Kidd] offers a persuasive argument that scholars who neglect the influence of faith in American founding miss an important part of the story. God of Liberty is well researched, well organized, and extremely well written. It is one of those rare books that can be profitably read by specialists of the era and the general public.”

World Magazine: Today’s News, Christian Views
“A pro-religion history of the American revolution. [Kidd] shows how the idea of religious liberty unified the colonists who were suspicious of not only British tyranny but any denomination’s ambitions for national control. Kidd shows that the Constitution, despite its lack of Christian language and its ban on religious tests, assumed that God is in charge.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465022779
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/05/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
661,382
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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