The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries Author Rodney Stark
ISBN-10 0060677015
ISBN-13 9780060677015
Year 1997-05-09
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher HarperSanFrancisco
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This fresh blunt and highly persuasive account of how the West was wonfor 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 Jewsand 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

The Wrong Jesus

The Wrong Jesus Author Gregory Monette
ISBN-10 9781612917351
Release 2014-03-14
Pages 288