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For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery Paperback – August 29, 2004
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Stark makes four main arguments. First, faith in God leads to quarrelsomeness (what someone referred to as the "joy of sects") and to reformations. (Brilliantly contrasting the "Church of Power" and the "Church of Piety.") Stark has some very interesting insights deriving from Adam Smith about what happens when a religion has a monopoly, and what happens when (as in the US) there is a free market of spiritual ideas in effect. But he somehow manages to spin his sociological theories without impinging on individual human choice.
Second, Stark argues that faith in God encouraged Christians to invent science. Having read other books making the same claim, I think Stark's approach to this question is one of the best. Not only does he go over the development of technology in the so-called "Dark Ages," and show how the "Enlightenment" picture of Copernican era science is a myth, he studies 52 key early scientists, and shows that more than 60 % were "devout," while only 2 were skeptics. The critic below who asks why Christianity did not produce science in Russia did not read attentively: Stark argues that faith in God was a necessary, but not sufficient, cause of the rise of science. Other factors were also involved. True, he does goes on quite a tangent (10-15 pages; but in a 400 + page book) on evolution.Read more ›
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A refreshing take on the Christian and particularly the Catholic contribution to the western civilization. Polemic but balanced overall. Read morePublished 4 months ago by vlot49
this book truly makes you think. I love that. Very through research as well.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library. A must read.Published 12 months ago by K. A. Bailey
In a 2007 Interview, Stark called himself an "independent Christian" who has "been strongly committed to Western Civilization." Undoubtedly this is revealed in his work. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Bemused Thinker
anyone interested in a history of slavery, witchcraft, and the rise of science in Europe in the middle ages should not pass up this book. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Mark Hodges