Una ética antigua, muy antigua
¿Qué pasó con la repugnancia que los cristianos antes sentíamos hacía el derramamiento de sangre?
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El sociólogo Rodney Stark ha argumentado que el cristianismo primitivo "trajo una nueva concepción de la humanidad a un mundo saturado por una crueldad caprichosa y un amor
Social Scientists Defend Mark Regnerus' Controversial Study on Same-Sex Parenting
Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, and others defend sociologist accused of being "anti-gay," breathtakingly sloppy," and getting "everything wrong."
In response, a group of 18 professors – including Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, Rodney Stark, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Bradley Wright – posted a defense on the website of Baylor
Why Don't We Find Bloodshed Repugnant Anymore?
Yes, the early church was pro-life. But it wasn't just the death of the unborn that it opposed.
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Sociologist Rodney Stark has argued that early Christianity "brought a new conception of humanity to a world saturated with capricious cruelty and the vicarious love of death." He
UT-Austin Investigates Regnerus for Gay Parenting Study
University's inquiry into "scientific misconduct" prompted by blogger's complaint.
An influential group of social scientists–including Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, Rodney Stark, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Bradley Wright–issued a public statement defending
Faith in a Fallen Empire
Detroit's list of maladies is long. But some Christians' commitment to its renewal is longer.
unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves … drawing on themselves the sickness of their neighbors and cheerfully accepting their pain." (Rodney Stark famously argues
Why Women Leave the Church—and Come Back Again
Jim Henderson's 'The Resignation of Eve' offers first-hand accounts (and no small amount of editorializing) of women struggling in local congregations.
After its publication, The Wall Street Journal ran a response from Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson in which both scholars discredited the study's findings.
Who Will Love the City After a Nuclear Attack?
If history and our own resurrection hope bear out, it will be the Christians.
Sociologist Rodney Stark writes vividly about the epidemics that plagued the Roman Empire in the earliest centuries of Christianity, when followers of Jesus were persecuted minorities
Warren Bird's Megachurch Dissertation
the book Beyond Megachurch Myths (2007) by Scott Thumma and Dave Travis, and also validated in the megachurch chapter of What Americans Really Believe (2008) by Rodney Stark
Megachurch Week at the Blog
A new study by Rodney Stark of Baylor University, now available in book form here, is dispelling the popular caricature of the megachurch as spiritual entertainment for the quasi
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"None of the things we all believe about the megachurch is true," said Dr. Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor and co-director of the ISR...
Missional vs. Attractional: Debating the Data
What do the numbers say? It depends who you ask.
Rodney Stark says, "Church attendance has held rock steady, except for the entirely understandable decline in Catholic attendance" after Vatican II relaxed its rules about attending
The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture and Rodney Stark's For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery.
2008 Christianity Today Book Awards
This year, 49 publishers nominated 359 titles published in 2007. CT editors selected the top books in each category, and then panels of judges — one panel per category — voted. In the end, we chose 10 winners and gave 11 awards of merit to the books that best shed light on people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. Selections from judges' comments are below.
Theology/Ethics. Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief Rodney Stark (HarperOne). Copyright © 2008 Christianity Today.
Answering the Atheists
A Reader's Digest version of why I am a Christian.
Sociologist Rodney Stark said, "The success of the West, including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout
Turning the Mainline Around
New sociological studies show that evangelicals may well succeed at renewing wayward Protestantism
New studies by sociologists Rodney Stark, Roger Finke, and Jennifer McKinney, the coauthor of this article, show that contemporary renewal groups have greater staying power and
Mormons on the Rise
America. "At any given moment, the majority of Mormons are first-generation converts," says Rodney Stark, author and University of Washington sociologist.
Beware the Women!
A conspiracy theorist claims the church is becoming too feminized
were particularly attracted to Christianity. For a concise summary, see for example chapter 5 of Rodney Stark's The Rise of Christianity. Citing the work of
Highlights: The Early Church's Health Plan
Christians practiced neither abortion nor infanticide and thus attracted women.
That response changed the standard of living in this world, says Rodney Stark, author of The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History (Princeton) and a professor at the