Rise of Christianity:How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

Rise of Christianity:How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries
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"Compelling reading" ( "Library Journal" ) that is sure to "generate spirited argument" ( "Publishers Weekly" ), this account of Christianity's remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is already the subject of much fanfare. "Anyone who has puzzled over Christianity's rise to dominance... must read it, " 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 Jews -- and ultimately "that Christianity was a success because it proved those who joined it with a more appealing, more assuring, happier, and perhaps longer life" (Andrew M. Greely, University of Chicago).
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9780060677015
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Paperback
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May 9, 1997