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Stark, Rodney

Overview
Works: 189 works in 919 publications in 7 languages and 32,851 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Apologetic writings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, htt, Creator
Classifications: BL221, 200
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Rodney Stark
The churching of America, 1776-2005 : winners and losers in our religious economy by Roger Finke( )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 2,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. They explain how and why the early nineteenth-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 "church-sect 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 churching 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 rise of Mormonism by Rodney Stark( )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,943 WorldCat member 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
The rise of Christianity : a sociologist reconsiders history by Rodney Stark( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,659 WorldCat member 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
Christian beliefs and anti-Semitism by Charles Y Glock( Book )

30 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A scientific study of the ways in which the teachings of Christian churches shape American attitudes toward the Jews"--Cover
For the glory of God : how monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts, and the end of slavery by Rodney Stark( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,555 WorldCat member 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 victory of reason : how Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western success by Rodney Stark( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 1,388 WorldCat member 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
Discovering God : the origins of the great religions and the evolution of belief by Rodney Stark( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering God is a monumental history of the origins of the great religions from the Stone Age to the Modern Age. Sociologist Rodney Stark surveys the birth and growth of religions around the world from the prehistoric era of primal beliefs; the history of the pyramids found in Iraq, Egypt, Mexico, and Cambodia; and the great "Axial Age" of Plato, Zoroaster, Confucius, and the Buddha, to the modern Christian missions and the global spread of Islam. He argues for a free-market theory of religion and for the controversial thesis that under the best, unimpeded conditions, the true, most authentic religions will survive and thrive. Among his many conclusions: Despite decades of faulty reports that early religions were crude muddles of superstition, it turns out that primitive humans had surprisingly sophisticated notions about God and Creation. The idea of "sin" appeared suddenly in the sixth century BCE and quickly reshaped religious ideas from Europe to China. Some major world religions seem to lack any plausible traces of divine inspiration. Ironically, some famous figures who attempted to found "Godless" religions ended up being worshiped as gods. - Publisher
Acts of faith : explaining the human side of religion by Rodney Stark( )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally, social scientists have begun to attempt to understand religious behavior rather than to discredit it as irrational, ignorant, or foolish-and Rodney Stark and Roger Finke have played a major role in this new approach. Acknowledging that science cannot assess the supernatural side of religion (and therefore should not claim to do so), Stark and Finke analyze the observable, human side of faith. In clear and engaging prose, the authors combine explicit theorizing with animated discussions as they move from considering the religiousness of individuals to the dynamics of religious groups and then to the religious workings of entire societies as religious groups contend for support. The result is a comprehensive new paradigm for the social-scientific study of religion
One true God : historical consequences of monotheism by Rodney Stark( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 1,268 WorldCat member 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
The future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formation by Rodney Stark( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion is alive and well in the modern world, and the social-scientific study of religion is undergoing a renaissance. For much of this century, respected social theorists predicted the death of religion as inevitable consequence of science, education, and modern economics. But they were wrong. Stark and Bainbridge set out to explain the survival of religion. Using information derived from numerous surveys, censuses, historical case studies, and ethnographic field expeditions, they chart the full sweep of contemporary religion from the traditional denominations to the most fervent cults. This wealth of information is located within a coherent theoretical framework that examines religion as a social response to human needs, both the general needs shared by all and the desires specific to those who are denied the economic rewards or prestige enjoyed by the privileged. By explaining the forms taken by religions today, Stark and Bainbridge allow us to understand its persistence in a secular age and its prospects for the future.--Publisher description
The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy by Roger Finke( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member 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
God's battalions : the case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member 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
Religion and society in tension by Charles Y Glock( Book )

39 editions published between 1965 and 1973 in English and Spanish and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history by Rodney Stark( )

23 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope," the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth. For example, Instead of the Spanish Inquisition being an anomaly of torture and murder of innocent people persecuted for "imaginary" crimes such as witchcraft and blasphemy, Stark argues that not only did the Spanish Inquisition spill very little blood, but it was a major force in support of moderation and justice. Instead of Pope Pius XII being apathetic or even helpful to the Nazi movement, such as to merit the title, "Hitler's Pope," Stark shows that the campaign to link Pope Pius XII to Hitler was initiated by the Soviet Union, presumably in hopes of neutralizing the Vatican in post-World War II affairs. Pope Pius XII was widely praised for his vigorous and devoted efforts to saving Jewish lives during the war. Instead of the Dark Ages being understood as a millennium of ignorance and backwardness inspired by the Catholic Church's power, Stark argues that the whole notion of the "Dark Ages" was an act of pride perpetuated by anti-religious intellectuals who were determined to claim that theirs was the era of "Enlightenment." In the end, readers will not only have a more accurate history of the Catholic Church, they will come to understand why it became unfairly maligned for so long. Bearing False Witness is a compelling and sobering account of how egotism and ideology often work together to give us a false truth."--
How the West won : the neglected story of the triumph of modernity by Rodney Stark( )

15 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this page-turning, myth-busting history, acclaimed author Rodney Stark shows exactly why Western civilization triumphed over other cultures?and why we all should be thankful it did."--Publisher's website
Sociology by Rodney Stark( Book )

61 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sociology is truly a classic introductory text which introduces students to the methods and theories of sociology using Rodney Stark's hallmark 'Over the Shoulder of a professional sociologist' approach, presenting sociology on a personal level. Stark describes what sociologists do and how they do it, focusing first on the questions they pose and how they search for and formulate their answers, and then moving on to study their answers and conclusions. In this way, he effectively explores themes, raising issues in a straightforward manner with historical accuracy and solid research. The text employs a unique feature titled 'A Closer View, ' which illustrates seminal research studies to introduce students to the sociological imagination and the world around them."--Publisher's description
A star in the East : the rise of Christianity in China by Rodney Stark( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stark approaches the topic from an extensive research background in both 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 not only the number of Christians, but 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, there are still thousands of Chinese being converted to Christianity each day, and forty new churches 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 rate of growth were to hold until 2030, there would be more Christians in China--about 295 million--than in any other nation on earth. This 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 kinds of political, social, and economic ramifications seen in the West today
Patterns of religious commitment by Rodney Stark( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cities of God : the real story of how Christianity became an urban movement and conquered Rome by Rodney Stark( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member 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 )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A shocking snapshot of the most current impulses in American religion. Rodney Stark reports the surprising findings of the 2007 Baylor Surveys of Religion, a follow up to the 2005 survey revealing most Americans believe in God or a higher power. This new volume highlights even more hot-button issues of religious life in our country. A must-read for anyone interested in Americans' religious beliefs and practices."--Publisher's description
 
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The rise of MormonismThe rise of Christianity : a sociologist reconsiders historyFor the glory of God : how monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts, and the end of slaveryThe victory of reason : how Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western successDiscovering God : the origins of the great religions and the evolution of beliefActs of faith : explaining the human side of religionOne true God : historical consequences of monotheismThe future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formation
Alternative Names
Luo De Ni Si Da Ke 1934-

Luodeni Sidake 1934-

Rodney Stark American sociologist of religion

Rodney Stark Amerikaans schrijver

Rodney Stark amerikansk författare

Rodney Stark amerikansk skribent

Rodney Stark sociologo, scrittore e accademico statunitense

Rodney Stark US-amerikanischer Religionssoziologe

Sidake, Luodeni 1934-

Stark, Rodney

Stark, Rodney William 1934-

Родни Старк американский социолог

Родні Старк

رادنی استارک نویسنده آمریکایی

رودني ستارك

스타크, 로드니

スターク, ロドニー

ロドニー・スターク

羅德尼·斯塔克

罗德尼斯达克 1934-

斯达克, 罗德尼 1934-

Languages
English (424)

Italian (4)

Spanish (3)

Dutch (3)

Chinese (2)

French (1)

Korean (1)