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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
by Rodney Stark




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"Compelling reading" (Library Journal) that is sure to "generate spirited argument" (Publishers Weekly) , this account of Christianity& 39;s remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is already the subject of much fanfare. "Anyone who has puzzled over Christianity& 39;s rise to dominance... must read it," says Yale University& 39;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& 39;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. Greely, University of Chicago).

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Overview

"Compelling reading" (Library Journal) that is sure to "generate spirited argument" (Publishers Weekly) , this account of Christianity& 39;s remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is already the subject of much fanfare. "Anyone who has puzzled over Christianity& 39;s rise to dominance... must read it," says Yale University& 39;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& 39;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. Greely, University of Chicago).


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060677015
  • ISBN-10: 0060677015
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publish Date: May 1997
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.4 x 0.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.47 pounds


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