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Publisher Comments:

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).

Synopsis:

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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-242) and index.

About the Author

Rodney Stark, professor of sociology and comparative religion at the University of Washington, is widely recognized as one of the premier contemporary sociologists of religion. He is the co-author of The Churching of America, 1776-1990,with Roger Finke and A Theory of Religion,with William Sims Bainbridge. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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ISBN:
9780060677015
Subtitle:
How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries
Author:
Stark, Rodney
Author:
by Rodney Stark
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco, Calif. :
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
Subject:
Sociology, christian
Subject:
Sociology, Christian -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Christian sociology
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Church history - Pr
Subject:
Christian sociology - History -
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
19970509
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.02x5.40x.65 in. .47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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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