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James P. Byrd

Associate Professor of American Religious History
On leave fall 2020 Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
Chair, Graduate Department of Religion

James P. Byrd earned his master's degree at Duke University and his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. His research interests center on religion, violence, and the Bible in American history. His latest book is Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). He is currently writing a book on the Bible and the American Civil War, under contract with Oxford University Press. 

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Courses (selected):

  • Religion in American History
  • Religion, Slavery, and the Civil War
  • History of Global Christianity, II
  • Religion and War in American History
  • History of the Baptist Tradition
  • History of the United Methodist Tradition 
  • American Revivals
  • American Apocalyptic Thought and Movements
  • Theology in America, 1630-1865
  • The Theology of Jonathan Edwards. 

Selected publications:

  • Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, Spring 2013)
  • Jonathan Edwards for Armchair Theologians (WJK)
  • The Challenges of Roger Williams: Religious Liberty, Violent Persecution, and the Bible (Mercer University Press)
  • "We Can If We Will: Regeneration and Benevolence" in After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (ed. Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • "The New World of North America and Canada and the Globalization of Critical Biblical Scholarship" in The Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of Its Interpretation, Vol. III, the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (ed. Magne Saeboe,2013)
  • "Baptist Tradition and Heritage" in Encyclopedia of Religion in America (ed. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, CQ)
  • several articles in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity.