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The Rise of Christianity

Rodney Stark

The Rise of Christianity

Rodney Stark

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"This book is an exciting and important addition to the literature on early Christianity. . . It is a book of fascinating detail, yet its broad sociological assumptions will intrigue any person interested in church growth. It will challenge common theological assumptions. But, its creative and persuasive insights also will engage the thoughtful person. It is a very significant book."
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"Stark provides compelling reading, adding depth and coherence to the often nebulous hyperbole of historical hypotheses."
- Library Journal

". . . likely to generate spirited argument."
- Publishers Weekly. 272 pages, from Harper San Francisco.
- Publisher.

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"This book is an exciting and important addition to the literature on early Christianity. . . It is a book of fascinating detail, yet its broad sociological assumptions will intrigue any person interested in church growth. It will challenge common theological assumptions. But, its creative and persuasive insights also will engage the thoughtful person. It is a very significant book."
- Choice

"Stark provides compelling reading, adding depth and coherence to the often nebulous hyperbole of historical hypotheses."
- Library Journal

". . . likely to generate spirited argument."
- Publishers Weekly. 272 pages, from Harper San Francisco.
- Publisher.
- Koorong

Sociologist Rodney Stark combines his expertise in social science with historical evidence to offer a provocative report. Stark finds that early Christianity attracted the privileged rather than the poor, and that Christianity's astounding dominance of the Western world arose from its offer of a better, more secure way of life. Index. 9 photos. Map. Tables.
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This "fresh, blunt, and highly persuasive account of how the West was won-for Jesus" (Newsweek) is now available in paperback. Stark's provocative report challenges conventional wisdom and finds that Christianity's astounding dominance of the Western world arose from its offer of a better, more secure way of life.

"Compelling reading" (Library Journal) that is sure to "generate spirited argument" (Publishers Weekly), this account of Christianity's remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is the subject of much fanfare. "Anyone who has puzzled over Christianity's rise to dominance...must read it." says Yale University's Wayne A. Meeks, for The Rise of Christianity makes a compelling case for startling conclusions. Combining his expertise in social science with historical evidence, and his insight into contemporary religion's appeal, Stark finds that early Christianity attracted the privileged rather than the poor, that most early converts were women or marginalized Jews-and ultimately "that Christianity was a success because it proved those who joined it with a more appealing, more assuring, happier, and perhaps longer life" (Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago).


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Meet the Author

Rodney Stark

Rodney Stark (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His twenty-seven books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity; Cities of God; One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism; For the Glory of God, which won the 2004 Award of Merit for History/Biography from Christianity Today; and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success and most recently Discovering God Winner of the 2008 Christianity Today Award of Merit in Theology/Ethics.
Koorong - Editorial Review.

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Great Early Church History Resource
4 stars By Matt, Oct 30 2014
Stark has done an excellent job at highlighting social and historical factors that contributed to the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. This book makes for a great foundational reading for early Church history because it gives incredible insight into the social norms and key historical events and their influence in this time period. The only negative is that, while it is an interdisciplinary book (history and sociology) it is still quite dense to read in some parts, particularly when appealing to social theories.

Overall a good and helpful text.
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  • Catalogue Code 118289
  • Product Code 0060677015
  • EAN 9780060677015
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harperone
  • Publication Date Mar 1997
  • Sales Rank #20752
  • Dimensions 127 x 208 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.216kg

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