The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion

The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion

by Rodney Stark

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062007681
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 435,186
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.57(d)

About the Author

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, which won the 2004 Award of Merit for History/Biography from Christianity Today; Discovering God, which won the 2008 Award of Merit for Theology/Ethics from Christianity Today; and The Victory of Reason.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Christmas Eve

1 The Religious Context 9

2 Many Judaisms 33

Part 2 Christianizing the Empire

3 Jesus and the Jesus Movement 49

4 Missions to the Jews and the Gentiles 71

5 Christianity and Privilege 87

6 Misery and Mercy 105

7 Appeals to Women 121

8 Persecution and Commitment 137

9 Assessing Christian Growth 153

Part 3 Consolidating Christian Europe

10 Constantine's Very Mixed Blessings 169

11 The Demise of Paganism 183

12 Islam and the Destruction of Eastern and North African Christianity 199

13 Europe Responds: The Case for the Crusades 213

Part 4 Medieval Currents

14 The "Dark Ages" and Other Mythical Eras 237

15 The People's Religion 255

16 Faith and the Scientific "Revolution" 273

Part 5 Christianity Divided

17 Two "Churches" and the Challenge of Heresy 299

18 Luther's Reformation 315

19 The Shocking Truth About the Spanish Inquisition 333

Part 6 New Worlds and Christian Growth

20 Pluralism and American Piety 353

21 Secularization: Facts and Fantasies 369

22 Globalization 387

Conclusion 413

Bibliography 419

Notes 461

Index 495

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