In God of Liberty, historian and practicing Evangelical Thomas S. Kidd offers a comprehensive account of religion’s role in the Revolutionary era. In 1776, Kidd shows, America was already a nation of diverse faiths. The First Great Awakening had crested in the first half of the 1700s, making passionate believers of many frontiersman and rural colonists; Enlightenment ideas about Deism and Atheism, meanwhile, radicalized the founders and motivated their revolutionary theories about government and religion alike. Kidd argues that, as much as their religious ideas would seem to divide Evangelicals and Deists (passionate religiosity on the one side, equally passionate agnosticism on the other), the two groups found common ground against British political and religious tyranny. A thought-provoking reminder of the crucial role evangelical Christians had to play in the American Revolution, God of Liberty is a timely appeal for the same spiritual diversity that gave form to our nation and sustained it through its tumultuous birth.