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God of liberty : a religious history of the American Revolution
Kidd, Thomas S.
Adult Nonfiction BR520 .K53 2010

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Kidd (history, Baylor Univ.; The Great Awakening) has created a history of the place and effects of religion-overwhelmingly Christianity-before, during, and in the immediate wake of the American Revolution. He includes a wide array of voices ranging from Founding Fathers to clergy of various denominations as well as other prominent and not-so-prominent individuals. Kidd uses these voices to describe several ways in which Christian thought influenced the American colonists, e.g., the movement to disestablish particular churches from government-and therefore from tax support-and the intertwined notions that sin was a real threat to the colonies but that virtue, as promoted by Christian churches, could sustain the new republic. He makes clear that while the Founders did not wish to promote a particular sect of Christianity, they also did not envision the complete absence of religion from public life. Verdict As Kidd argues that religion was inextricably linked to the American Revolutionary movement, his book will prove of interest both to readers in American Colonial religion and Colonial history, with his inclusion of unfamiliar sources extending the appeal to specialists as well.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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