The Rise of Christianity

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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  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 272 pages
  • ISBN : 0060677015
  • Rating : 4/5 from 5 reviews
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The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 09 May 1997
GET THIS BOOKThe Rise of Christianity

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

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 16 June 2020
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The idea that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor is a widely accepted notion. Yet it is one of many myths that must be discarded if we are to understand just how a tiny messianic movement on the edge of the Roman Empire became the dominant faith of Western civilization. In a fast-paced, highly readable book that addresses beliefs as well as historical facts, Rodney Stark brings a sociologist's perspective to bear on the puzzle behind the

The Triumph of Christianity

The Triumph of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 25 October 2011
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Celebrated religious and social historian Rodney Starktraces the extraordinary rise of Christianity through its most pivotal andcontroversial moments to offer fresh perspective on the history of the world’slargest religion. In The Triumph of Christianity, the author of God’sBattalions and The Rise of Christianity gathers and refines decadesof powerful research and discovery into one concentrated, concise, and highlyreadable volume that explores Christianity’s most crucial episodes. The uniqueformat of Triumph of Christianity allows Stark to avoid densechronologies and difficult

Pagans

Pagans
  • Author : James J. O'Donnell
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 17 March 2015
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A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional” religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of Augustine. Pagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. These “pagans” were actually pious Greeks, Romans, Syrians, and Gauls who observed the traditions of their ancestors. To these

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : W. H. C. Frend
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release : 01 January 1984
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Traces the early history of the Christian church from Jewish Palestine prior to Christ's birth to the sixth century monastic movement, and explains how Christianity survived under a variety of cultures

The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon, Harnack and Rodney Stark

The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon, Harnack and Rodney Stark
  • Author : Jan N. Bremmer
  • Publisher : Barkhuis
  • Release : 24 May 2022
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The rise of Christianity up to the victory of Constantine has often been studied and remains a puzzling phenomenon. In this valedictory lecture Jan N. Bremmer concentrates on the explanations adduced, focusing in particular on the works of three iconic figures from the last two hundred and fifty years: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire of Edward Gibbon, the most famous ancient historian of all time, at the end of the eighteenth century; Die Mission

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Leif E. Vaage,Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion
  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Release : 21 April 2006
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Takes a look at the religious dimension of life in one Roman city Caesarea Maritima, on the Mediterranean coast of Judea. This volume studies religious groups as part of the dynamic process of social interaction, spanning a spectrum from coexistence, through competition and rivalry, to open conflict.

The Rise of Normative Christianity

The Rise of Normative Christianity
  • Author : Arland J. Hultgren
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 05 July 2004
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More than fifty years ago, Walter Bauer's 'Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity' undercut the traditional views on the making of orthodox Christianity by arguing that in several geographic areas, heresy preceded orthodoxy. Subsequently, the ancient documents discovered at Nag Hammadi proved that early Christianity was tremendously diverse. These influences have given rise to the notion that the various gnostic interpretations are mere alternatives to more traditional interpretations of Jesus and his significance. Using a focused but broad definition of

The Emergence of Christianity

The Emergence of Christianity
  • Author : Cynthia White
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release : 01 October 2010
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This brief survey text tells the story of early Christianity. Cynthia White explores the emergence of Christianity in Rome during the first four centuries of the Greco-Roman empire, from the first followers of Jesus Christ, to conflicts between Christians and Jewish kings under Roman occupation, to the torture of Christian followers, Diocletian's reforms, and Constantine's eventual conversion to monotheism, which cemented Christianity's status as the official religion of Rome. The text's chapters will integrate key pedagogy, including introductions, study questions,

The Family in Late Antiquity

The Family in Late Antiquity
  • Author : Geoffrey Nathan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 08 January 2002
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The Family in Late Antiquity offers a challenging, well-argued and coherent study of the family in the late Roman world and the influence of the emerging Christian religion on its structure and value. Before the Roman Empire's political disintegration in the west, enormous political, religious and cultural changes took place in the period of late antiquity. This book is the first comprehensive study of the family in the later Roman Empire, from approximately 300 AD to 550 AD. Geoffrey Nathan analyses the

From Jesus to Christ

From Jesus to Christ
  • Author : Paula Fredriksen
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 01 October 2008
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"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of

A Star in the East

A Star in the East
  • Author : Rodney Stark,Xiuhua Wang
  • Publisher : Templeton Foundation Press
  • Release : 02 May 2015
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What is the state of Christianity in China, really? Some scholars say that China is invulnerable to religion. Some say that past efforts of missionaries have failed, writing off those who were converted as nothing more than “rice Christians,” or cynical souls who had frequented the missions for the benefits they provided. Some wonder if the Cultural Revolution extinguished any chances of Christianity in China. Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang offer a different perspective, arguing that Christianity is alive, well,

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church
  • Author : Alan Kreider
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release : 29 March 2016
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How and why did the early church grow in the first four hundred years despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution? In this unique historical study, veteran scholar Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells the amazing story of the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Challenging traditional understandings, Kreider contends the church grew because the virtue of patience was of central importance in the life and witness of the early Christians. They wrote

The Rise of Network Christianity

The Rise of Network Christianity
  • Author : Brad Christerson,Richard Flory
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 24 May 2022
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Why, when traditionally organized religious groups are seeing declining membership and participation, are networks of independent churches growing so explosively? Drawing on in-depth interviews with leaders and participants, The Rise of Network Christianity explains the social forces behind the fastest-growing form of Christianity in the U.S., which Brad Christerson and Richard Flory have labeled "Independent Network Charismatic." This form of Christianity emphasizes aggressive engagement with the supernatural-including healing, direct prophecies from God, engaging in "spiritual warfare" against demonic spirits--and