George Whitefield’s Gospel-Centered Hymn Book | Thomas Kidd at @TGC https://t.co/zB2u47TWgA
Andrew Chesnut on Santa Muerte @RoRcast https://t.co/QJH1522SW7
Alternative Scriptures: Melville's "Lost Gnostic Poem" https://t.co/iVGtfaVjrU Philip Jenkins, @anxious_bench
Israel and the Role of Place in Christian Faith | Thomas Kidd @TGC https://t.co/kxbfgfLj1C
'Benjamin Franklin' takes a more nuanced look at Franklin's views of God https://t.co/TmSj5rX19p @csmonitor reviews Thomas Kidd's biography
The many resurrections of Chinese Christianity - Philip Jenkins @ChristianCent https://t.co/XXvKByoVkX
Maximum Security Seminary https://t.co/lruIJPvrq2 @TGC cites ISR research on prison seminaries
Critical Mass - @TexasMonthly quotes ISR's Gordon Melton https://t.co/ok4y7a5TTl
George Whitefield’s Gospel-Centered Hymn Book https://t.co/XCW5Y9l9Ny Thomas Kidd via @tgc
The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad - The Atlantic https://t.co/tdEenDeiDB #FathersDay @WilcoxNMP

Historical Studies of Religion

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Co-Directors of Historical Studies
Philip Jenkins
Baylor ISR Distinguished Professor of History
thumb Kidd Thomas Kidd
Baylor ISR Senior Fellow of Religious History and  Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University
The program in Historical Studies of Religion operates within Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) as an interdisciplinary venue for historical research and writing on religion. Historical Studies of Religion (HSR) fosters influential and broadly-tailored historical scholarship in religion. In addition, we seek to raise public awareness of the very substantial work that has been done in the history of religion in recent decades. While academic research has boomed, it has also suffered from issues of over-specialization, so that much excellent work is chiefly available in technical academic journals and presses, in which scholars speak chiefly to scholars. We will counteract this by making knowledge widely available to non-specialist audiences.

The primary purposes of HSR are to:

*encourage interdisciplinary historical research on religion among new and existing Baylor faculty, as well as ISR-affiliated scholars
*sponsor and host major national and international conferences on the history of religion
*sponsor and host major seminars and lectures on the history of religion
*seek external funding for the program’s activities from private and public sources
*communicate the findings of specialized scholarship to an interested public
*stress the value and legitimacy of excellent faith-based scholarship

Historical Studies of Religion has two administrators, Philip Jenkins and Thomas Kidd who work in concert with Byron Johnson and Rodney Stark, the co-directors of the Institute for Studies of Religion. Jenkins and Kidd promote the work of the program through writing and lecturing. They work with Ph.D. students in the Baylor history department’s Ph.D. program.
Some representative examples of events organized by HSR include:

For God and Country: The United States and the Great War 1917-18.

The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Social Identity of the Earliest Christians

The Emergence of Israel in the Bible and Archaeology