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The Conference on Faith & History is a community of scholars exploring the relationship between Christian faith and history. We welcome members from a variety of Christian traditions around the world. We also seek to learn from scholars outside the…

First Words: Baptists in America: A History by Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

On September 5, 1651, a criminal named Obadiah Holmes was taken from his cell in Boston’s prison to receive his punishment: thirty lashes with a three-corded whip. Holmes had been alone in prison for weeks, struggling to come to terms…

Book: Race, Religion and Law in Colonial Inidia

In a crowded commercial neighborhood of the south Indian city of Bellary, there once stood a distillery owned and operated by a Tamil-speaking Protestant named Matthew Abraham. Matthew came from the low-ranking paraiyar community (one among so-called untouchable groups). In…