The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religionby Rodney Stark
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 back stories, bringing readers right to the heart ofChristian history’s most vital controversies and enduring lessons.
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Rodney Stark is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His thirty books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity, Cities of God, For the Glory of God, Discovering God, and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. Stark received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Oh, the author is biased. However, if you can wade past his obvious leanings, the information he has gathered into one volume is indispensable! The text is worth buying for its bibliography alone. While the author phrases everything in biased terms that make him hard to inoffensively quote in a secular environment, you'd be hard put to find a more cohesive and understandable explanation of the historical context with this high a degree of scholasticism. WORTH IGNORING HIS BIAS! Do look up what he references in his sources, too. I've fact checked him repeatedly, and he never claims anything that various secular sources haven't already supported. Stark is, perhaps, a jerk in his writing, but he's a great historian.
Like all of starks work, thoughtb provoking. And challenges the current myths about christianity and the mythical dark ages
A good overview of the religion history. The author is too biased though.