Most widely held works about Rodney Stark
Most widely held works by Rodney Stark
Christian beliefs and anti-Semitism by Charles Y Glock ( Book )
12 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and held by 1,574 libraries worldwide
Discovering God : the origins of the great religions and the evolution of belief by Rodney Stark ( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,368 libraries worldwide
Introduction:; Revelation and cultural evolution --; Gods in primitive societies --; Temple religions of ancient civilizations --; Rome: an ancient religious marketplace --; The; "rebirth" of monotheism --; Indian inspirations --; Chinese gods and "godless" faiths --; The; rise of Christianity --; Islam: God and state --; Conclusion:; Discovering God?
The rise of Christianity : a sociologist reconsiders history by Rodney Stark ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Chinese and held by 1,318 libraries worldwide
The idea that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor is a widely accepted notion. Yet it 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 a fast-paced, highly readable book that addresses beliefs as well as historical facts, Rodney Stark brings a sociologist's perspective to bear on the puzzle behind the success of early Christianity. He comes equipped not only with the logic and methods of social science but also with insights gathered firsthand into why people convert and how new religious groups recruit members. He digs deep into the historical evidence on many issues - such as the social background of converts, the mission to the Jews, the status of women in the church, the role of martyrdom - to provide a vivid and unconventional picture of early Christianity.
The victory of reason : how Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western success by Rodney Stark ( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,297 libraries worldwide
Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. Here, sociologist Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium. In Stark's view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and nonsecular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason: While the world's other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and reason as the path toward enlightenment, freedom, and progress.--From publisher description.
For the glory of God : how monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts, and the end of slavery by Rodney Stark ( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,219 libraries worldwide
Ideas about God, argues Rodney Stark, have shaped the history & culture of the West. He examines the Reformation, the rise of science, witch-hunts & the abolition of slavery to demonstrate his case.
The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy by Roger Finke ( Book )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 1,179 libraries worldwide
In this provocative book, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark challenge popular perceptions about American religion. They view the religious environment as a free market economy, where churches compete for souls. The story they tell is one of gains for upstart sects and losses for mainline denominations. Although many Americans assume that religious participation has declined in America, Finke and Stark present a different picture. In 1776, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans were active in church affairs. Today, church membership includes about 6 out of 10 people. But, as Finke and Stark show, not all denominations benefited from this growth. They explain how and why the leading eighteenth-century churches began their descent, while two newcomer sects, the Baptists and the Methodists, gained ground. They also analyze why the Methodists then began a long, downward slide, why the Baptists continued to succeed, how the Catholic Church met the competition of ardent Protestant missionaries, and why the Catholic commitment has declined since Vatican II. The authors also explain why ecumenical movements always fail. In short, Americans are not abandoning religion; they have been moving away from established denominations. A "sect-church process" is always under way, Finke and Stark argue, as successful churches lose their organizational vigor and are replaced by less worldly groups. Some observers assert that the rise in church membership rates indicates increased participation, not increased belief. Finke and Stark challenge this as well. They find that those groups that have gained the greatest numbers have demanded that their followers accept traditional doctrines and otherworldliness. They argue that religious organizations can thrive only when they comfort souls and demand sacrifice. When theology becomes too logical, or too secular, it loses people.
The future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formation by Rodney Stark ( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,095 libraries worldwide
Religion and society in tension by Charles Y Glock ( Book )
15 editions published between 1965 and 1973 in English and held by 1,046 libraries worldwide
God's battalions : the case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 950 libraries worldwide
In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. Instead, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to Muslim terrorist aggession.
One true God : historical consequences of monotheism by Rodney Stark ( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Turkish and held by 893 libraries worldwide
"Western history would be unrecognizable had it not been for people who believed in One True God. There would have been wars, but no religious wars. There would have been moral codes, but no Commandments. Had the Jews been polytheists, they would today be only another barely remembered people, less important, but just as extinct as the Babylonians. Had Christians presented Jesus to the Greco-Roman world as "another" God, their faith would long since have gone the way of Mithraism. And surely Islam would never have made it out of the desert had Muhammad not removed Allah from the context of Arab paganism and proclaimed him as the only God." "The three great monotheisms changed everything. Rodney Stark explains how and why monotheism has such immense power both to unite and to divide. Why and how did Jews, Christians, and Muslims missionize, and when and why did their efforts falter? Why did both Christianity and Islam suddenly become less tolerant of Jews late in the eleventh century, prompting outbursts of mass murder? Why were the Jewish massacres by Christians concentrated in the cities along the Rhine River, and why did the pogroms by Muslims take place mainly in Granada? How could the Jews persist so long as a minority faith, able to withstand intense pressures to convert? Why did they sometimes assimilate? In the final chapter, Stark also exmaines the American experience to show that it is possible for committed monotheists to sustain norms of civility toward one another." "A sweeping social history of religion, One True God shows how the great monotheisms shaped the past and created the modern world."--Jacket.
Patterns of religious commitment by Rodney Stark ( Book )
4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 887 libraries worldwide
The churching of America, 1776-2005 winners and losers in our religious economy by Roger Finke ( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 708 libraries worldwide
[This book] extends the argument that the nation's religious environment acts as a free market economy.... [It] offers ... research, statistics, and stories that document increased participation in religious groups from Indepenedence through the twenty-first century. -Back cover.
Cities of God : the real story of how Christianity became an urban movement and conquered Rome by Rodney Stark ( Book )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 706 libraries worldwide
How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers? Who listened to this "good news," and who ignored it? Where did Christianity spread, and how? Based on quantitative data and the latest scholarship, scholar Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church, overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the world. By analyzing concrete data, Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity, offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the world's population.--From publisher description.
What Americans really believe : new findings from the Baylor surveys of religion by Rodney Stark ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 683 libraries worldwide
Police riots; collective violence and law enforcement by Rodney Stark ( Book )
3 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 644 libraries worldwide
Wayward shepherds: prejudice and the Protestant clergy ( Book )
3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 634 libraries worldwide
Sociology by Rodney Stark ( Book )
39 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 626 libraries worldwide
[The author] presents sociology on a personal level. As he ... describes what sociologists do and how they do it, he first focuses on the questions posed by sociologists and how they search for and formulate their answers, then moves on to illustrate and explain their answers and conclusions.-Back cover.
The rise of Mormonism by Rodney Stark ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 605 libraries worldwide
"This new work, the first to collect Rodney Stark's influential writings on the Mormon church, includes previously published essays, revised and rewritten for this volume. His work sheds light on both the growth of Mormonism and on how and why certain religions continue to grow while others fade away."--Jacket.
Acts of faith : explaining the human side of religion by Rodney Stark ( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 558 libraries worldwide
A theory of religion by Rodney Stark ( Book )
9 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and Polish and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Antisemitism Audiobooks California Capitalism--Religious aspects--Christianity Christian civilization Christianity and antisemitism Christianity and other religions--Islam Christian sociology Church history Church history--Primitive and early church Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Civilization, Medieval Conference proceedings Criminal statistics Crusades Cults Deviant behavior ExplorIt History Islam--Relations--Christianity Jews--Public opinion MicroCase Monotheism Mormon Church New Jersey--Wayne Police brutality Protestant churches--Clergy Public opinion Reformation Religion Religion and civilization Religion and science Religion and sociology Religions Religious life School elections Sects Secularism Slavery--Religious aspects Social control Social history Social problems Social sciences--Research--Methodology Sociology Sociology--Research--Computer programs Sociology--Research--Data processing Sociology--Research--Methodology United States Violence Witchcraft
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Stark, Rodney William 1934-
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