American Founders Luncheon Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Dr. Thomas Kidd
June 5, 2018 American Founders Luncheon
“The Enigma of Ben Franklin’s Faith”

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Benjamin Franklin tells us in his Autobiography that he became a “deist” as a young man. Yet at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Franklin proposed that delegates open sessions with prayer. In this lecture, Dr. Thomas S. Kidd will explore the enigma of Franklin’s faith, and the tension between Franklin’s well-known skepticism and the enduring influence of his Puritan upbringing and his deep familiarity with the Bible.

Thomas Kidd is the associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. His recent books include Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017), American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016), Baptists in America: A History (with Barry Hankins, Oxford University Press, 2015), and George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014). He has written for outlets including Vox, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Kidd blogs at Evangelical History at The Gospel Coalition website.

Join us on June 5, 2018, at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear Kidd discuss “The Enigma of Ben Franklin’s Faith.” To register, please click here or contact Brenda Vinton at or (724) 450-1541. Please bring a friend. Registration deadline is June 4. The cost of lunch is $25.

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