Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

The Forging of Races
Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600–2000

$32.99 (G)

  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521797290

$ 32.99 (G)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book revolutionises our understanding of race. Building upon the insight that races are products of culture rather than biology, Colin Kidd demonstrates that the Bible - the key text in Western culture - has left a vivid imprint on modern racial theories and prejudices. Fixing his attention on the changing relationship between race and theology in the Protestant Atlantic world between 1600 and 2000 Kidd shows that, while the Bible itself is colour-blind, its interpreters have imported racial significance into the scriptures. Kidd's study probes the theological anxieties which lurked behind the confident facade of of white racial supremacy in the age of empire and race slavery, as well as the ways in which racialist ideas left their mark upon new forms of religiosity. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the histories of race or religion.

    • An innovative and controversial survey of the relationship of race and theology over the past four centuries
    • Describes the religious underpinnings of modern racism
    • A major contribution to Atlantic history, intellectual history and religious studies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the book is an absorbing excursion."
    -Ruth Alden Doan, H-Atlantic

    "Colin Kidd's well-researched, wide-ranging, and insightful book...demolishes such assumptions when it comes to the issue of race"
    -Timothy Larsen, Christianity Today

    "The Forging of Races is a carefully crafted contribution...Historians would find The Forging of Races indispensable reading, particularly if their scope includes the interpretation of racial politics, colonial justification, and Protestant progress into modernity."
    -Kathryn Lofton, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "Historians of race, religion, scriptures, and modernity most certainly cannot afford to miss what Kidd has to say; his meticulous research and generous notes will aid serious researchers for years to come. Furthermore, his clear and cogent explanation of race as a social system and his mapping of international relations of scripture and race will prove immensely valuable for teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses."
    -Sylvester A. Johnson, H-Amstdy

    "This is an erudite and scholarly work, rooted in an extensive knowledge of the writings of preachers, academics, and intellectuals."
    -Catherine Hall, University College London, American Historical Review

    "The value of this impressive study is its patient and detailed deconstruction of the ways of religion and race, two pillars of Protestant Western culture, have propped each other up for four centuries."
    -Jon Sensbach, University of Florida, The Journal of American History

    "Colin Kidd's work offers an intriguing intellectual history of the ambiguous connection between Protestant theology and concepts of race since the early modern era..."
    --Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, University of Chicago, Journal of Modern History

    "In this thoughtful inquiry, the author succeeds in his objective of tracing how intellectuals in the Wetsern world utilized the Holy Bible in various, often opposing, ways to support changing constructions of the concept of race throughout the centuries in question....clearly conceived and organized....The design of the chapters effectively combines thematic and chronological progression....A major strength of the book is the skill with which the author succinctly interweaves an encyclopedic array of historiography and other literature into their surrounding historical contexts..."
    --Allison Blakely, Boston University, The Historian

    "...a must read for those who study social, cultural, political or religious history." -Phillip Luke Sinitiere, World History Bulletin

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521797290
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.521kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prologue: race in the eye of the beholder
    2. Introduction: race as scripture problem
    3. Race and religious orthodoxy in the early modern era
    4. Race, the Enlightenment and the authority of scripture
    5. Monogenesis, slavery and the nineteenth-century crisis of faith
    6. The Aryan moment: racializing religion in the nineteenth century
    7. Forms of racialized religion
    8. Black counter-theologies
    9. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Race as a Category of Historical Analysis
    • Secularization
    • Senior Seminar: The Invention of Race in America
  • Author

    Colin Kidd, University of Glasgow
    Colin Kidd is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has previously written Subverting Scotland's Past (1993) and British Identities before Nationalism (1999).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.