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The Triumph of Faith: Why the World Is More Religious than Ever Hardcover – November 16, 2015
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“God is not dead. Despite the predictions of academics and liberal religious leaders, the world is becoming more faith-filled, not less. . . . [Stark’s] real battle, though, is with intellectual elites of the West, who have been declaring the demise of religion for centuries and have been advancing a secularization thesis for decades. . . . Mr. Stark pushes back against the secularization thesis in several ways. . . . Indeed, religious fervor has taken hold in many countries where modernity is a settled fact.” —Wall Street Journal“Stark [is] one of the most prominent, respected and consistently insightful sociologists of religion in the business. . . . I enthusiastically recommend this stimulating book to religious leaders and to those generally interested in what’s going on in the minds of people around the world. It has much to offer, not only for understanding but also, in my judgment, for action.”
“Stark’s clear writing—he was a newspaper reporter before going to graduate school—distinguishes him from most academics. His argument that Christian practice wasn’t as common in the Middle Ages or in eighteenth-century America as we like to think distinguishes him from some church-oriented historians. The argument in his new book, The Triumph of Faith, that ‘the world is more religious than ever,’ distinguishes him from ‘new atheists’ who seem ready to take a victory lap.”
“If, in fact, religion is losing its influence—and 72 percent of respondents to a 2014 Pew Research Center study say it is—most people say that’s not good. . . . But Rodney Stark, who holds the title of distinguished professor of social science at Baylor University, says in the new book The Triumph of Faith that ‘The End of Christian America’—so proclaimed by a 2009 Newsweek cover—and religion’s falling influence in the world aren’t necessarily so.”
—Chattanooga Times Free Press
“Reports about the death of religion in the United States are greatly exaggerated, sociologist Rodney Stark insists. . . . In a particularly provocative section, Stark takes issue with the much-reported rise of the ‘nones’ in the United States. He cites data indicating the percentage of people who do not attend houses of worship remains steady, and the increase in nonaffiliated Americans appears to be drawn from that subset of the total population. . . . Readers will benefit from reading Stark’s findings and conclusions that defy conventional wisdom.”
Praise for Rodney Stark
“Mr. Stark is especially adept at challenging received ideas.” —Wall Street Journal
“Stark has a vigorous prose style and a gift for clear explanation.” —New York Times
“Stark writes books that are models of popularly accessible scholarly writing.” —World
“Rodney Stark is one of America’s preeminent scholars of religion. . . . Often controversial, a slayer of historical myths.” —Patheos
“Bracing, rollicking, startling, belligerent, informative, and guaranteed to provoke second and third thoughts about what readers thought they always knew about religion.” —First Things
“Giants are rare in any day. . . . [But] maybe we do have giants . . . for example, Rodney Stark. . . . He continually throws the discipline of sociology of religion into chaos.” —Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago
“An eminent sociologist of religion . . . Stimulating, provocative, even revolutionary.” —Journal of Early Christian Studies
“[Stark] writes with a clarity and concision that make him a pleasure to read. . . . A number of fondly held myths get demolished.” —National Review
“Here is theoretical brashness combined with disarming common sense, a capacious curiosity, and a most uncommon ability to tell a complicated story in simple prose.” —Wayne A. Meeks, Yale University
About the Author
- ASIN : 1610171381
- Publisher : Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st edition (November 16, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781610171380
- ISBN-13 : 978-1610171380
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #698,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stark fills his book with charts which give a visual picture of the world of faith. It is a must read for those really interested in what is going on today in the religious life of our world..
Rodney Stark takes into considerations all sides of the debate, and takes us on a much needed tour de force.