Rodney stark’s the rise of christianity is a tasteful volume that seeks to contribute better social science theories and methods of analysis to the study of early christianity in it stark attempts to reconstruct the materialization of christianity on the basis of modern social scientific theories. The rise of christianity by rodney stark, 9780060677015, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Rodney stark is the distinguished professor of the social sciences at baylor university his thirty books on the history and sociology of religion include the rise of christianity, cities of god, for the glory of god, discovering god, and the victory of reason: how christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and western success stark received his phd from the university of california, berkeley. The rise of christianity: how to obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force rodney stark harper collins , may 9, 1997 - religion - 272 pages. In the meantime, voluntary martyrdom, especially a generation after the death of christ, reinforced the commitment of the christian rank and file what stark ultimately offers is a multifaceted portrait of early christianity, one that appeals to practical reasoning, historical curiosity, and personal reflection.
Last year i read the book the rise of christianity: how the obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries by rodney stark, published by harpersanfrancisco in 1997. The rise of christianity: a sociologist reconsiders history sociologist rodney stark looks at the appeal of the christian message itself, for example, how it brought a new conception of humanity . The triumph of christianity – rodney stark sharestriking new insights into the rise and growth of christianity i’m a big fan of rodney stark because his works are both scholarly and readable, as well as being well-argued, well-researched, and positively revelatory. Abebookscom: the rise of christianity: how the obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries (9780060677015) by rodney stark and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices.
The rise of christianity is a sociologist’s theory on how christianity became the leading power in the world stark wants his reader to know that he is not a historian, but adds historical information to give the sociological figures context. Quotes taken from rodney stark’s “the rise of christianity”, chapter 3, the mission to the jews: why it probably succeeded these are direct quotes from rodney starks book “the rise of christianity”, chapter 3. The rise of christianity by rodney stark - published by princeton university press, 1996 a book review by father john mccloskey as the year 2000 approaches, more and more people are asking why we celebrate the end of one millennium and the beginning of another.
When we as christians consider the coming of christ and the rise of christianity, we tend to focus on the spiritual forces at work – the powerful preaching of the gospel, the apostles’ martyrdom for the faith, and the evangelistic attraction of the early church’s common life together a book . Stark reminds us of the enormous growth of christianity which took place as a result of all this he estimates that in 40ad there may have been 1000 christians in the roman empire, but 32 million (or 53% of the population) by 350 there may have been 700 in rome in 100ad, but 300,000 (or 66%) by 300 that is some church growth. Rodney stark the rise of christianity offers an examination of early christian history from the perspective of a sociologist of religion the result is a work of mixed effectiveness, often interesting and insightful, but also neglectful of crucial social aspects of emergent christianity. A book like the rise of christianity: how the obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries (new york: harper one, 1996) by rodney stark may seem unusual at first, as it traces the sociological factors in the rise of christian belief and practice.
Rodney stark’s the rise of christianity offers an insightful look through a sociological lens at the historical rise of christianity while stark lacks a critical approach to the ancient sources he analyzes, his book nonetheless is a valuable tool for thinking about how christianity spread in the roman empire as a new religious movement. The rise of christianity: a sociologist reconsiders religion (9780691027494) by rodney stark hear about sales, receive special offers & more you can unsubscribe at any time. Reprinted with permission of the author, rodney stark the essay above was adapted from rodney stark's book the victory of reason: how christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and western success the author rodney stark is a leading authority on the sociology of religion.
The rise of christianity by: rodney stark isbn: 978-0060677015 read: december 2015 rating: 9/10 summary: ever wonder how the church grew so rapidly in the first few centuries despite facing intense persecution, christians grew at an astounding rate. The rise of christianity how the obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries by rodney stark on sale: 05/09/1997. However, stark’s “rise of christianity” is not a dry read he presents the information in a manner that’s very accessible to readers what makes the book so engaging is that he does not approach the subject from the perspective of a historian or a theologian.
A star in the east: the rise of christianity in china, by rodney stark, is a short book that combines a sweeping history of missions to china with recent, reliable statistics on its effects and implications. The rise of christianity by rodney stark is exceptional, not only for the content, but because he shows how christians ought to be the best of scholars, not afraid of scholarship, as though it would demean god to show how god works through natural causes. Asked johns opinion on a book he is reading, the victory of reason: how christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and western success by rodney stark, saying that he himself was not knowledgeable enough to judge this work he then produced three short quotes from the book as representative of starks thesis. The rise of christianity (subtitled either a sociologist reconsiders history or how the obscure, marginal jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries, depending on the edition), is a book by the sociologist rodney stark, which examines the rise of christianity, from a small movement in galilee and judea at the (supposed) time of jesus to the .