America's Religious History
America's Religious History  -     By: Thomas S. Kidd
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Even while parts of America are becoming more secular, the nation as a whole remains deeply religious. In America's Religious History, historian Thomas S. Kidd traces the roots and development of American religion from colonial times to the 21st century.

Written with the student in mind, America's Religious History offers an up-to-date, narrative introduction useful for undergraduate and graduate-level courses on American religion. General readers wanting to better understand the religious background of American life and politics will also enjoy its engaging and insightful overview.

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Title: America's Religious History
By: Thomas S. Kidd
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces
ISBN: 0310586178
ISBN-13: 9780310586173
Stock No: WW586173

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In the post-9/11 world, it is not difficult to see how important religion remains in America and around the globe. An older generation of scholars expected that America and the rest of the Western world was headed inexorably toward secularization and the end of religion. America is undoubtedly secular in many ways, and our constitutional order requires a clear distinction between faith communities and government. Yet from the colonial era to the present, American men and women have been, and have remained, a pervasively religious people.

In America's Religious History, leading historian Thomas S. Kidd traces the theological and ethnic diversity and enduring strength of American religion, with special attention to Christianity and evangelical faith. Interweaving religious history and key events from the larger narrative of American history, the book considers how faith commitments and categories have shaped the nation.

Written with the student in mind, America's Religious History offers an up-to-date, narrative introduction useful for undergraduate and graduate-level courses on American religion. General readers wanting to better understand the religious background of American life and politics will also enjoy its engaging and insightful overview.

Author Bio

Thomas S. Kidd (PhD, Notre Dame) is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University. He has written many books, including America’s Colonial History and The Great Awakening, and also writes and appears regularly in mainstream media. A past winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, he tweets at @ThomasSKidd.

Editorial Reviews

'America's Religious History offers a comprehensive account of the history we must know in order to understand our present and pave a better way forward. The book is remarkable in its breadth and depth, in its precision and scholarship, and in its sheer readability. Thomas Kidd is a great gift to the contemporary American church, and this book demonstrates why.'
'Thomas Kidd is an authoritative voice on American religion. Not only is he today's most prolific historian of American religious history, but he is an active commentator on social media who brings his expertise to bear on issues that matter. In this book, he joins his academic expertise with his acute insight into the present-day religious landscape. The result is an outstanding history of American religion that should be of interest to academics, ministers, and anyone else who wishes to understand the deeply significant influence of religion in the United States.'
'Kidd's learned entry into the crowded field of American religious textbooks offers a fresh perspective on a complex story. Ranging from European incursions into an already well-established Native civilization to the clashes that the Trump has engendered, his narrative shows the continual entwining of sacred and secular, calming and violent, dominant and resistant, private and public, and pious and irreligious. General readers will find an account as simple as it is lively, while specialists will find one marked by nuance and insight. And it is all executed with the graceful strokes of a master craftsman.'
'In this survey, Thomas Kidd provides a rich and complex survey of American Christianity, featuring a wonderful diversity of characters and actors, and he does so for both a general audience and for students. It is particularly strong for including sources on Latino Catholicism and Protestantism, a topic often ignored in textbooks. He incorporates the best of modern scholarship in a language accessible to all.'
'Thomas Kidd's brisk narrative of America's religious story brings together a variety of historical strands to create a highly readable, engaging introduction to the many traditions that constitute our contemporary landscape. Kidd's deep knowledge of his subject sharpens his eye for both underexamined but important episodes and significant historical trends. He has created a lively, rich account that will appeal to a wide audience. His excellent suggestions for further reading will satisfy readers wanting to dig more deeply.'

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