U.S.News & World Report, Dec. 30, 2010 (Baylor history professor Thomas S. Kidd, author of "God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution," discusses how religion informed the nation's founding principles.) The Constitution has only one direct reference to God--"In the year of our Lord"--but Baylor University history professor Thomas S. Kidd argues that religion played a much larger role in influencing the ideas and principles that became bedrocks of the nation.
USA Today, Dec. 22, 2010 (column by Dr. Thomas Kidd, senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion and associate professor of history) Polls released this week by USA TODAY/Gallup and LifeWay Research confirm what many Christians have suspected for some time: America's Christmas is no longer centered on Jesus. But that does not mean that Christmas is irreligious. Instead, Christmas in America has become, along with the Fourth of July, America's great festival of civil religion, a veneration of American values: family, shopping, and faith -- whatever that "faith" means to you.
USA TODAY, Dec. 10, 2010 (guest "On Religion" column on the president's use of religious language by Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, Senior Fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor) Sometimes it seems like President Obama just can't catch a break, from the long-faltering economy to the Gulf oil well explosion. But some problems are just of his own making. Nowhere is this more clear than in his clumsy use of religious language. The president cannot stop stumbling over the religious maxims that have defined us as a nation.