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*Starred Review* Skeptics such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett have just lost their monopoly on the topic of religious evolution. Only a believer, Stark asserts, can fathom the origins and subsequent unfolding of the world's great faiths. In this wide-ranging investigation, Stark detects sacred realitynot pious deceptionat the heart of transcendent beliefs shared by Aborigines and Anglicans. In their myths of the high gods, Stark contends, early tribal peoples glimpsed divine truths obscured in later civilizations when pharaohs and emperors lent government support to temple priesthoods more interested in maintaining a comfortable lifestyle than in serving God. The eventual emergence of a religious marketplace in ancient Rome opened a wide range of metaphysical options. Yet in a culture of religious pluralism, the insistent claims of tightly knit communities of Jews and Christians appeared threatening to Roman leaders, who defended the status quo by persecuting adherents to these unsettlingly intense faiths. Yet it is in these revelatory faithsand not the meditative religions of Eastern Asiathat Stark discerns the fullest manifestation of God. Some readers will resist Stark's comparative judgments; others will dispute his religious interpretation of modern science. But serious students of religion will recognize this as an essential sourcebook. Christensen, Bryce
Stark’s retelling of the origins of the world’s great religions is fascinating and excellent. (Newsweek )
“[A] wide-ranging investigation...serious students of religion will recognize this as an essential sourcebook.” (Booklist )
This book is a worthwhile read for anyone who has a desire to explore the possibility and probability that God exists and has revealed himself.
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This was a pretty good book but nothing out of the ordinary for Christian apologists. As a history of religion it is definitely slanted, and heavily, toward the Christian view of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David S. Wellhauser
This impeccably researched work will challenge your beliefs, whatever they are. Stark does a fine job of laying out the tenants of the major religions in an objective and thorough... Read morePublished 20 months ago by R.C. Kuhlman
I greatly enjoyed this book. Stark gives a very readable and interesting review of the origins of the great religions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Krupp
Oh...I found him. At first glance you may think this is a Where's Waldo? about God book. It's not, sorry; spoiler.Published on May 29, 2013 by Melodramatic
Nice overview on religious history told in a fair manner, though there was nothing really new for this skeptical reviewer/reader. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Hans Castorp
If you like text books this is for you. Not an easy read. Very mundane and dry. Oh yeah, and I don't believe in god.Published on February 6, 2013 by 512
Rodney Stark's dual trademarks of thoroughgoing feistiness and incisive historical analysis are on full display in "Discovering God. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by B.R. Gilded
This sociologist of religion favors "divine accommodation" as his model: "God's revelations are always limited to the current capacity of humans to comprehend"--sometimes "baby... Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by John L Murphy