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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Overview

A "thought-provoking, meticulously researched" testament to evangelical Christians' crucial contribution to American independence and a timely appeal for the same spiritual vitality today (Washington Times).

At the dawn of the Revolutionary War, America was already a nation of diverse faiths-the First Great Awakening and Enlightenment concepts such as deism and atheism had endowed the colonists with varying and often opposed religious beliefs. Despite their differences, however, Americans found common ground against British tyranny and formed an alliance that would power the American Revolution. In God of Liberty, historian Thomas S. Kidd offers the first comprehensive account of religion's role during this transformative period and how it gave form to our nation and sustained it through its tumultuous birth -- and how it can be a force within our country during times of transition today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022779
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,095,018
File size: 410 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas S. Kidd is Associate Professor of History at Baylor University. The author of several books on topics in American religious history, he lives in Woodway, Texas.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION
“Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God”
Religion and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 1
“No King but King Jesus”
The Great Awakening and the First Amendment Revolution

CHAPTER 2
“The Sacred Property of Every Man”
Radical Christians and the Struggle for Religious Liberty in America

CHAPTER 3
“The Pope, the Devil, and All Their Emissaries”
The Bishop Controversy and Quebec Act

CHAPTER 4
“Victory over the Beast”
The Evangelical Roots of Revolution

CHAPTER 5
“A Christian Sparta”
Virtue and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 6
“A Time of War”
Chaplains, Virtue, and Providence

CHAPTER 7
“God Has Made of One Blood All Nations of Men”
Equality by Creation

CHAPTER 8
“The Bands of Wickedness”
Slavery and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 9
“One God, Three Gods, No God, or Twenty Gods”
Disestablishing America’s State Churches

CHAPTER 10
“Saving This Land”
Revivals and the Era of American Revolution

CHAPTER 11
“If Men Were Angels”
Virtue, Freedom, and the Constitution

CHAPTER 12
“Jefferson—and No God!”
The Election of 1800 and the Triumph of Religious Liberty

EPILOGUE
“Freedom Sees Religion as Its Companion”
Faith and American Civil Society

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