This qfresh, blunt, and highly persuasive account of how the West was wonafor Jesusq (Newsweek) is now available in paperback. Stark's provocative report challenges conventional wisdom and finds that Christianity's astounding dominance of the Western world arose from its offer of a better, more secure way of life. qCompelling readingq (Library Journal) that is sure to qgenerate spirited argumentq (Publishers Weekly), this account of Christianity's remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is the subject of much fanfare. qAnyone who has puzzled over Christianity's rise to dominance...must read it.q says Yale University's Wayne A. Meeks, for The Rise of Christianity makes a compelling case for startling conclusions. Combining his expertise in social science with historical evidence, and his insight into contemporary religion's appeal, Stark finds that early Christianity attracted the privileged rather than the poor, that most early converts were women or marginalized Jewsaand ultimately qthat Christianity was a success because it proved those who joined it with a more appealing, more assuring, happier, and perhaps longer lifeq (Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago).aquot;Anyone who has puzzled over Christianitya#39;s rise to dominance...must read it.aquot; says Yale Universitya#39;s Wayne A. Meeks, for The Rise of Christianity makes a compelling case for startling conclusions.
|Title||:||The Rise of Christianity|
|Publisher||:||Harper Collins - 1997-05-09|