The Rise Of Christianity: How The Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became The Dominant Religious Force In The Western World I by Rodney StarkThe Rise Of Christianity: How The Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became The Dominant Religious Force In The Western World I by Rodney Stark

The Rise Of Christianity: How The Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became The Dominant Religious…

byRodney Stark

Paperback | May 9, 1997

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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).

"A provocative, insightful, challenging account of the rise of Christianity." (Andrew M. Greeley, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago)
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Title:The Rise Of Christianity: How The Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became The Dominant Religious…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:May 9, 1997Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060677015

ISBN - 13:9780060677015

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly thorough This is, perhaps, the authoritative book on the historical rise of early Christianity in the academic world. Every chapter provides a very important piece of the puzzle, and makes a **lot** of sense. Rodney Stark, a professor of sociology at the university of washington, combines his renowned expertise in social scientific theory with his exceptional grasp of ancient history to provide a detailed and thorough analysis of how the early Christian sect rose to dominate the Western world in a few centuries. Overall, I think I'd only quibble with one or two pages in the entire monograph. Anyone who wants to know about the rise of early Christianity should read Stark's book.
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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.

Editorial Reviews

"A provocative, insightful, challenging account of the rise of Christianity." (Andrew M. Greeley, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago)