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The Rise of Christianity

How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries
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It is a widely accepted notion that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor. Yet this 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 this fast-paced, highly readable book, Rodney Stark brings a sociologist's perspective to bear on the puzzle behind the success of early Christianity. Not only does Stark have years of experience with the logic and methods of social science, but he also provides insights into why people convert and how new religious groups recruit members. The Rise of Christianity digs deep into the historical evidence to provide a vivid and unconventional account of early Christianity.

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.

"A provocative, insightful, challenging account of the rise of Christianity."

- Andrew M. Greeley, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780060677015
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • ISBN 13: 9780060677015
    • UMPH: 816623
    • ISBN 10: 0060677015
    • Language of Text: English
    • Publication Date: 05/09/1997
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Rodney Stark
    • Page Count: 272
    • Width: 5.40 inches
    • Height: 0.65 inches
    • Length: 8.02 inches
    • Weight: 0.03 pounds

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