The Rise of Christianity

Written By Rodney Stark
The Rise of Christianity
  • Publsiher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 23 June 2020
  • ISBN : 0691214298
  • Pages : pages
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Download or read book entitled The Rise of Christianity by author: Rodney Stark which was release on 23 June 2020 and published by Princeton University Press with total page pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. 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 account of early Christianity. The author plots the most plausible curve of Christian growth from the year 40 to 300. By the time of Constantine, Christianity had become a considerable force, with growth patterns very similar to those of modern-day successful religious movements. An unusual number of Christian converts, for example, came from the educated, cosmopolitan classes. Because it offered a new perspective on familiar concepts and was not linked to ethnicity, Christianity had a large following among persons seeking to assimilate into the dominant culture, mainly Hellenized Jews. The oversupply of women in Christian communities--due partly to the respect and protection they received--led to intermarriages with pagans, hence more conversions, and to a high fertility rate. Stark points out, too, the role played by selflessness and faith. Amidst the epidemics, fires, and other disasters that beleaguered Greco-Roman cities, Christian communities were a stronghold of mutual aid, which resulted in a survival rate far greater than that of the pagans. In the meantime, voluntary martyrdom, especially a generation after the death of Christ, reinforced the commitment of the Christian rank and file. What Stark ultimately offers is a multifaceted portrait of early Christianity, one that appeals to practical reasoning, historical curiosity, and personal reflection.

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-06-23
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : 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 ...

The Rise of Christianity History Documents and Key Questions

The Rise of Christianity  History  Documents  and Key Questions
  • Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2015-12-07
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : An outstanding resource for high school readers and first-year college students, this book explores early Christianity from its beginnings in the first century through the fourth century when Christianity went from a persecuted faith to the only legalized faith in the Roman Empire. • Provides readers with a broad understanding of ...

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Don Nardo
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Total pages : 112
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : Discusses the rise of Christianity including the Christian revolution, its Jewish roots, Jesus, Constantine's revolution, and the Christianization of Europe....

The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon Harnack and Rodney Stark

The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon  Harnack and Rodney Stark
  • Author : Jan N. Bremmer
  • Publisher : Barkhuis
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Total pages : 86
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : The rise of Christianity up to the victory of Constantine has often been studied and remains a puzzling phenomenon. In this valedictory lecture Jan N. Bremmer concentrates on the explanations adduced, focusing in particular on the works of three iconic figures from the last two hundred and fifty years: The ...

Documents of the Rise of Christianity

Documents of the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2019-03-14
  • Total pages : 244
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : An introduction to the history of early Christianity, this reference provides roughly 60 primary source documents from the first five centuries of the Christian Era, each accompanied by explanatory material. • Offers a guide that helps readers to understand how to study primary documents critically • Provides an introduction of the history of ...

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Ernest William Barnes
  • Publisher : Geikie Press
  • Release Date : 2008-11
  • Total pages : 376
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY. FOREWORD TO THE THIRD IMPRESSION: IN the second impression of this book a few misprints and mistakes were corrected. But few specific errors had been mentioned even in hostile reviews. A number of these criticized the bibliography as partial to antiquated authors and ideas. My critics ...

Greek Thought and the Rise of Christianity

Greek Thought and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : James Shiel
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1968
  • Total pages : 161
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : This series is designed to study problems in preference to periods. Each volume will contain sections dealing with historiography, documents, and a consideration of the wider issues, although the balance between the three will vary in each case. This approach encourages the student to deal in his own way with ...

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Leif E. Vaage
  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Release Date : 2006-04-21
  • Total pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity discusses the diverse cultural destinies of early Christianity, early Judaism, and other ancient religious groups as a question of social rivalry. The book is divided into three main sections. The first section debates the degree to which the ...

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity
  • Author : Paul Barnett
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2002-04-17
  • Total pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : Paul Barnett not only places the New Testament within the world of caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducee and revolutionaries, but argues that the mainspring and driving force of early Christian history is the historical Jesus....

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Albert Kalthoff
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-06-23
  • Total pages : 206
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : To the second edition-which will certainly be called for-of his translation of Kalthoff's "Rise of Christianity," Mr. McCabe should add a page of introduction. Here and there the author appears to assume that his readers are acquainted with certain communistic ideas which he has expressed in previous works; and as ...

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : W. H. C. Frend
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 1984-01-01
  • Total pages : 1022
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : Traces the early history of the Christian church from Jewish Palestine prior to Christ's birth to the sixth century monastic movement, and explains how Christianity survived under a variety of cultures...

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Hector Avalos
  • Publisher : Hendrickson Pub
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Total pages : 166
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : "In "Health Care and the Rise of Christianity" Avalos helpfully turns our attention to the care of bodies as fundamental to the growth and expansion of early Christianity. Response to basic issues" such as cost, access to care, and perceived efficacy" helped to fashion an early Christian system of health ...

Jesus and the Rise of Christianity

Jesus and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Philip Rodney McFarland
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010-06
  • Total pages : 556
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : Within the context of Religion and Christianity, this book examines in context the number one historical figure of all-time. This book encompasses all you need to know about Jesus' life and teachings beginning with his birth and ending with his ascension....

A Star in the East

A Star in the East
  • Author : Rodney Stark,Xiuhua Wang
  • Publisher : Templeton Foundation Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-02
  • Total pages : 160
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : What is the state of Christianity in China, really? Some scholars say that China is invulnerable to religion. Some say that past efforts of missionaries have failed, writing off those who were converted as nothing more than “rice Christians,” or cynical souls who had frequented the missions for the benefits ...

Early Christian Art

Early Christian Art
  • Author : André Grabar
  • Publisher : New York Osyssey P
  • Release Date : 1969
  • Total pages : 325
  • ISBN : 0691214298
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Summary : The beginnings of any historical movement are bound to be mysterious. So it is with Christianity, and so it is with Christian art. Into the ordered world of late classicism came the arresting voice and disturbing gaze of men "heavy with conscience" for whom art was only a medium for ...