The Small God of Thomas Jefferson
Why He Rejected Calvinism
Oct 28, 2022
Thomas Jefferson grew up in the Church of England and admired certain Calvinist pastors and politicians. So why did he come to oppose Calvinism so deeply?
In Search of Christian America
Founding Myths and the Second Great Awakening
Dec 17, 2021
Many imagine America’s founding as a period of Christian dominance, but America was far more Christian in 1860 than it was in 1776.
Slavery Old and New
Comparing Early America with Biblical Times
Feb 23, 2021
Was slavery in New Testament times as bad as it was in the early modern era? Professor Thomas Kidd compares ancient slavery with the New World.
What Happened to ‘Evangelicals’?
How Politics Seized a Precious Word
Jan 27, 2020
The first evangelicals sought to awaken nominal Christians. Many of today’s “evangelicals,” however, are nominal Christians. How did a helpful term turn upside down?
The Happy Professor
Zacharius Ursinus (1534–1583)
Oct 28, 2017
He took the lead role in writing the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most ringing affirmations of faith in all of Christian history.
The United States of Ambivalence
Celebrating the Founding of Imperfect Freedom
Jul 4, 2017
Despite America’s many imperfections, Christians in the United States have many things to thank God for today.
Life Hacking Gone Wrong
The Story of Benjamin Franklin
Aug 19, 2016
Thomas Kidd shares a cautionary tale from the life of the eighteenth century’s most famous life hacker, Ben Franklin.
When America Put Pastors in Prison
The Baptist Battle for Religious Liberty
Aug 15, 2015
If Christian pastors are eventually imprisoned for their faith in the United States, it will not be the first time. Early in America’s history, Baptists were persecuted, sometimes fiercely, for standing for their convictions. Religious liberty like we’ve known it wasn’t a reality until years later.
Calvinism Is Not New to Baptists
Grace Unleashed in the American Colonies
Jun 13, 2015
Today’s American Baptists may be a mix of Calvinists and Arminians, but history shows the doctrines of grace at the core of the Baptist heritage.
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