I do think anyone serious about church history should read this book.
It is all well and good to devise hypotheses to explain historical events, but they should not be accepted as truth unless they can be tested.
You will likely not find anything this close what likely occurred in this interesting period of time.
Bought this for a seminary cruise/class. It was not as readable as some but gave information leading to good discussionPublished 9 months ago by Dizzyliz
Had no idea how much this book would change the way I experienced my faith. Everyone who observes some form of Christianity--especially Catholics--should read this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MER
This book is a great piece on church history. Rodney Starr, the author did a great job of explaining how the faith expanded. He uses statistics to accent his points. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas M. Magee
We don't talk about God and History; we don't look at the church sociologically. Thank God for Rodney Stark! He gives the stats to an otherwise mythologized story.Published 21 months ago by Jeff Thomas
It is so refreshing to read a book that draws its conclusion about Christianity's expansion into the Mediterranean cities with lots of qualititative research instead of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul Sunde
Rodney Stark's research is simply the best. It is update and well worth the time committed to reading this book. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Daniel Lamb
If there is only one book on Christian History that you can read by Rodney Stark, this is the one. In it he includes a good summary of original research he conducted examining the... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by John Baskette
The book itself is the kind of first-rate scholarship and engaging prose that readers have come to expect from this author, but the maps (crucial to grasping the argument itself)... Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Diogenes