Welcome to the 102nd episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Dr. Thomas Kidd about his book Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Dr. Kidd’s life, marriage, ministry, and upcoming writing projects.
  • The Founding Fathers and whether they were Christians or not.
  • A brief sketch of what deism is.
  • Dr. Kidd’s process for writing books on American history.
  • The major events of Benjamin Franklin’s life.
  • How Franklin came to know George Whitefield.
  • What influence Whitefield had on Franklin.
  • Franklin’s religious and theological perspective.
  • Why Christians should read and study American history.

About the Guest:

Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His books include American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths, Baptists in America: A History, Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, and George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.
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