The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • File Size : 50,5 Mb
  • Total Pages : 264
  • Relase : 2023-05-02
  • ISBN : 9780691248042
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A landmark reinterpretation of why Christianity became the dominant faith of the West 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 : W. H. C. Frend
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • File Size : 55,5 Mb
  • Total Pages : 1134
  • Relase : 1984
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105124016176
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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

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • File Size : 41,5 Mb
  • Total Pages : 245
  • Relase : 2015-12-07
  • ISBN : 9781610698085
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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. How did Christianity become one of the most widespread religions as well as one of the most influential forces in world history that has shaped politics, wars, literature, art, and music on every continent? This book contains more than 40 entries on various topics in early Christianity, 15 primary documents, and 6 argumentative essays written by scholars in the field. The breadth of materials enables readers to learn about early Christianity from a number of different viewpoints and to come to their own conclusions about how historical events unfolded in early Christianity. This single-volume work focuses on the first four centuries of early Christianity, including topics on Jerusalem, Herod the Great, Paul, Tertullian, Mani, The Arians, Constantine the Great, and many others. Readers will be well equipped to answer three critical questions that scholars of early Christianity deal with when they study this period: Why was Christianity popular? Why were Christians persecuted? How did Christianity spread?

Documents of the Rise of Christianity

Documents of the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • File Size : 41,6 Mb
  • Total Pages : 274
  • Relase : 2019-03-14
  • ISBN : 9781440854316
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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. Christianity has been one of the most powerful influences on world history, and for this reason the world of the early Christians figures prominently in film, fiction, and popular culture. The first centuries of Christianity provided the foundation for the faith institutions of today; this book examines the history of early Christianity through its use of primary texts written by early Christians. In doing so, it helps readers to understand that multiple sects of Christianity competed for dominance, and it sheds light on the struggles of early Christians that their differences entailed. The book covers the first five centuries of the Christian Era, with sections devoted to each century. Some 60 primary source documents appear within those sections, and each is accompanied by background information. This chronological arrangement helps readers to understand how Christianity evolved over time, and it provides insights into the theological debates and persecutions that marked the lives of early Christians and characterized the early Church.

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
  • File Size : 48,9 Mb
  • Total Pages : 98
  • Relase : 2010
  • ISBN : 9789077922705
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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 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire of Edward Gibbon, the most famous ancient historian of all time, at the end of the eighteenth century; Die Mission und Ausbreitung des Christentums of Adolf von Harnack, the greatest historian of early Christianity of all time, around 1900, and The Rise of Christianity of Rodney Stark, the most adventurous sociologist of religion of our times, at the end of the twentieth century.Bremmer locates their concerns and explanations within their own times, but also takes them seriously as scholars, discussing their analyses and approaches. In this way he shows both the continuities and the innovations in the evolving view which scholarship presents of early Christianity. Bremmer's exceptional knowledge of the huge range of scholarship and his humane and balanced judgment make this lecture the ideal introduction to the many problems raised by Christianity's displacement of paganism

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
  • File Size : 44,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 344
  • Relase : 2010-10-30
  • ISBN : 9781554588091
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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 category of rivalry adequately names the issue(s) that must be addressed when comparing and contrasting the social “success” of different religious groups in antiquity. The second is a critical assessment of the common modern category of “mission” to describe the inner dynamic of such a process; it discusses the early Christian apostle Paul, the early Jewish historian Josephus, and ancient Mithraism. The third section of the book is devoted to “the rise of Christianity,” primarily in response to the similarly titled work of the American sociologist of religion Rodney Stark. While it is not clear that any of these groups imagined its own success necessarily entailing the elimination of others, it does seem that early Christianity had certain habits, both of speech and practice, which made it particularly apt to succeed (in) the Roman Empire.

On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity

On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : John Peter Kenney
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • File Size : 48,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2018-12-27
  • ISBN : 9781501314001
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Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.

The Fall of the Roman World and the Rise of Christianity

The Fall of the Roman World and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Kelly Roscoe
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • File Size : 45,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 106
  • Relase : 2017-07-15
  • ISBN : 9781680486254
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Although once regarded as a time of uninterrupted ignorance, superstition, and social oppression, the Middle Ages are now understood as a dynamic period during which the idea of Europe as a distinct cultural unit emerged. This title dives into late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, a time when political, social, economic, and cultural structures were profoundly reorganized. As Roman imperial traditions gave way to those of the Germanic peoples who established kingdoms in the former Western Empire, new forms of political leadership were introduced, and the population of Europe was gradually Christianized.

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Ernest William Barnes
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • File Size : 52,6 Mb
  • Total Pages : 384
  • Relase : 1947
  • ISBN : UCAL:B3946395
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The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries

The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries
  • Author : William Vernon Harris
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • File Size : 42,5 Mb
  • Total Pages : 193
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 9789004147171
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This collection of essays by contemporary historians considers how after two centuries of scholarship we can best explain Christianity's rise to dominance.

The Triumph of Christianity

The Triumph of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • File Size : 50,5 Mb
  • Total Pages : 512
  • Relase : 2011-10-25
  • ISBN : 9780062098702
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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.

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity
  • Author : Paul Barnett
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • File Size : 46,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 452
  • Relase : 2002-04-17
  • ISBN : 0830826998
  • Rating : 4/5 (84 users)

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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 : Kevin W. Kaatz
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • File Size : 41,6 Mb
  • Total Pages : 262
  • Relase : 2015-12-07
  • ISBN : 9798216139959
  • Rating : 4/5 (84 users)

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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. How did Christianity become one of the most widespread religions as well as one of the most influential forces in world history that has shaped politics, wars, literature, art, and music on every continent? This book contains more than 40 entries on various topics in early Christianity, 15 primary documents, and 6 argumentative essays written by scholars in the field. The breadth of materials enables readers to learn about early Christianity from a number of different viewpoints and to come to their own conclusions about how historical events unfolded in early Christianity. This single-volume work focuses on the first four centuries of early Christianity, including topics on Jerusalem, Herod the Great, Paul, Tertullian, Mani, The Arians, Constantine the Great, and many others. Readers will be well equipped to answer three critical questions that scholars of early Christianity deal with when they study this period: Why was Christianity popular? Why were Christians persecuted? How did Christianity spread?

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • File Size : 40,9 Mb
  • Total Pages : 274
  • Relase : 1997-05-09
  • ISBN : 9780060677015
  • Rating : 4/5 (84 users)

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This "fresh, blunt, and highly persuasive account of how the West was won—for 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 Jews—and 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).

Greek Thought and the Rise of Christianity

Greek Thought and the Rise of Christianity
  • Author : James Shiel
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • File Size : 51,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 190
  • Relase : 1968
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105003890014
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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 the problems raised by historical documents and the historiography of the issues in question and he is made aware of the wider perspectives of history.

Augustus to Constantine

Augustus to Constantine
  • Author : Robert McQueen Grant
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • File Size : 46,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 396
  • Relase : 2004-01-01
  • ISBN : 0664227724
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This masterful study of the early centuries of Christianity vividly brings to life the religious, political, and cultural developments through which the faith that began as a sect within Judaism became finally the religion of the Roman empire. First published in 1970, Grant's classic is enhanced with a new foreward by Margaret M. Mitchell, which assesses its importance and puts the reader in touch with the advances of current research.

A Star in the East

A Star in the East
  • Author : Rodney Stark,Xiuhua Wang
  • Publisher : Templeton Press
  • File Size : 49,6 Mb
  • Total Pages : 0
  • Relase : 2016-10-24
  • ISBN : 1599475170
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What is the state of Christianity in China? Some scholars say that China is invulnerable to religion. In contrast, others say that past efforts of missionaries have failed, writing off those converted as nothing more than “rice Christians” or cynical souls who had frequented the missions for the benefits they provided. Some wonder if the Cultural Revolution extinguished any chances of Christianity in China. Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang offer a different perspective, arguing that Christianity is alive, well, and on the rise. Stark approaches the topic from an extensive research background in Christianity and Chinese history, and Wang provides an inside look at Christianity and its place in her home country of China. Both authors cover the history of religion in China, disproving older theories concerning the number of Christians and the kinds of Christians that have emerged in the past 155 years. Stark and Wang claim that when just considering the visible Christians—those not part of underground churches—thousands of Chinese are still converted to Christianity daily, and forty new churches are opening each week. A Star in the East draws on two major national surveys to sketch a close-up of religion in China. A reliable estimate is that by 2007 there were approximately 60 million Christians in China. If the current growth rate were to hold until 2030, there would be more Christians in China—about 295 million—than in any other nation. This trend has significant implications, not just for China but for the greater world order. It is probable that Chinese Christianity will splinter into denominations, likely leading to the same political, social, and economic ramifications seen in the West today. Whether you’re new to studying Christianity in China or whether this has been your area of interest for years, A Star in the East provides a reliable, thought-provoking, and engaging account of the resilience of the Christian faith in China and the implications it has for the future.

Marriage and Modernization

Marriage and Modernization
  • Author : Don S. Browning
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • File Size : 49,9 Mb
  • Total Pages : 276
  • Relase : 2003-03-20
  • ISBN : 0802811124
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The processes of modernization and globalization promise more wealth and health for many people. But they are also a threat to the stability and quality of marriage and family life. This new book -- at once sobering and constructive -- looks at the impact of these processes on marriage and asks what Christianity, in cooperation with other religions, can do to strengthen married life today. Among the deleterious effects of modernization and globalization on marriage are a worldwide drift of men away from the responsibility of parenthood and the tendency of mothers too readily to take on the task of childrearing alone. After looking at recent research on these and other problems, Don Browning suggests that the cure for modern marital disruption entails reforming and reconstructing the institution of marriage while also nurturing relevant forms of social support. Yet the effort to initiate a "world marriage revival" requires a complex cultural work, and Browning explores the key contributions that the religions of the world must make for such an effort to be successful.

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity
  • Author : Albert Kalthoff
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • File Size : 44,9 Mb
  • Total Pages : 218
  • Relase : 1907
  • ISBN : UOM:39015062361582
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The Rise of Christian Beliefs

The Rise of Christian Beliefs
  • Author : Heikki Räisänen
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • File Size : 48,7 Mb
  • Total Pages : 506
  • Relase :
  • ISBN : 9781451409536
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Heikki Risnen offers a historical survey of the roots and first growth of the thoughts, values, and practices of the early Christians and explains the evolution of Christian belief in terms of vital adaptations to specific challenges. An ideal textbook for university introductory courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity, The Rise of Christian Beliefs offers chapters discussing paradigmatic events the life and death of Jesus and experiences of Easter, principal figures and groups, last things and afterlife, savior figures and the human condition, ethnicity, identity, and morality, and ritual community life.