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The rise of Christianity : a sociologist reconsiders history

Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The idea that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor is a widely accepted notion. This book addresses beliefs and historical facts, and brings a sociologist's perspective to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Stark
ISBN: 0691027498 9780691027494
OCLC Number: 469801166
Description: xiv, 246 s
Contents: List of IllustrationsPrefaceCh. 1Conversion and Christian Growth3Ch. 2The Class Basis of Early Christianity29Ch. 3The Mission to the Jews: Why It Probably Succeeded49Ch. 4Epidemics, Networks, and Conversion73Ch. 5The Role of Women in Christian Growth95Ch. 6Christianizing the Urban Empire: A Quantitative Approach129Ch. 7Urban Chaos and Crisis: The Case of Antioch147Ch. 8The Martyrs: Sacrifice as Rational Choice163Ch. 9Opportunity and Organization191Ch. 10A Brief Reflection on Virtue209Notes217Bibliography223Index243
Responsibility: Rodney Stark

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