More than 40 percent of the people on earth today are Christians, and their number is growing more rapidly than that of any other major faith. In The Triumph of Christianity, acclaimed religious and social historian Rodney Stark explains how an obscure Jewish sect became the largest, most thriving religion in the world.
In Stark's groundbreaking book The Rise of Christianity, he examined the early success of Christianity and how it conquered Rome. Now, in this much-anticipated volume, Stark tells a far more extensive story, beginning with the religious and social situation prior to the birth of Jesus and continuing to the present.
As it moves through six historical eras, The Triumph of Christianity gets right to Christianity's most pivotal and controversial moments—often turning them on their heads:
Christmas Eve surveys the religious situation within which Christianity began.
Christianizing the Empire looks at Jesus's life and the formative days of the movement he inspired, explaining why Christianity was a reprieve from the miseries of daily life for so many.
Consolidating Christian Europe argues that Constantine's conversion did the church a great deal of harm, examines the gradual demise of paganism, and clarifies the motives behind the Crusades.
Medieval Currents sheds new light on the misleadingly named "Dark Ages" and the essential role that faith played in the scientific revolution.
Christianity Divided examines two Roman Catholic "Churches"—the Church of Piety and the Church of Power—as they respond to the challenges of heresy, Luther's Reformation, and the Spanish Inquisition.
New Worlds and Christian Growth considers the development of religious pluralism in the United States and the continuing vigor of Christianity worldwide, disproving the popular notion that religion must disappear to make room for modernity.
With his signature knack for making the boldest and most original scholarship accessible to all readers, Stark presents the real story behind the tragedies and triumphs that have shaped the trajectory of the Christian faith and, indeed, much of global history. For scholars and armchair historians alike, this is a brisk and thought-provoking journey through events we think we know—and need to reconsider.
the triumph of Christianity was a quick read. It was full of information that was news to me.Published 29 days ago by dave spotts
It was very comprehensive. and his pursuit of the truth was very evident. He explains so well some difficult and complicated circumstances like the Spanish Inquisition and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian J Baran
Had Aristotle "taken a stroll to any cliff nearby, taking along a big rock and a little one", he could have observed "how false he was" claiming that the heavier an object, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Konrad Riggenmann
Shame on me. After reading the work of historians like Dr. Richard Carrier, I thought I was picking up a book in the same vein. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christian Plante
Stark challenges many misunderstood concepts and calls out incorrect history. Anyone intetested in church history or cultural movements will find this helpful.Published 1 month ago by Chris Hall
I really enjoyed this book. Stark is an academic who has done his research, much of which exposes many legends surrounding the history of Christianity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie schroerlucke
Rodney Stark does an terrific job of examining how the Jesus Movement transformed and continues to transform the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benji