(Review by Thomas S. Kidd who is a history professor and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University.) For Christians, there has always been a nagging question about whether the American Revolution was morally legitimate, given biblical admonitions to support the powers that be.
Patheos, February 23, 2011 (Thomas Kidd, a senior fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion authored this column about the concept of religious liberty in conjunction with "democracy.") The groundswell that began in Tunisia has ousted Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and is spreading across the Middle East.
The Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2011 (article about the lack of memorable tradition or universal observances on Presidents Day quotes Dr. David A. Smith, senior lecturer in history and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core) Celebrated by some, ignored by others and misspelled by many. Today marks the amorphous holiday we know as Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's commemoration or Presidents Day -- give or take an apostrophe. Once meant to honor the nation's first icon, the day has dissolved into confusion as sales eclipse ceremony, states lump in local heroes and Americans revere their political leaders less.