Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?
It's an important factor, but it's not the whole story.
Other observers, such as Rodney Stark, point to the apparently low levels of church attendance in medieval Europe, compared to which the 19th and 20th centuries represent a
Community With a Purpose
An outward focus is part of Christian community: part 3
something good happen in the name of Jesus. Rodney Stark's The Rise of Christianity is a most influential book. As I understand Stark, he is saying that
Books to Note
Short reviews of 'Gospel,' 'Surprised by Oxford,' and 'The Triumph of Christianity.'
A delightful read.—Trevin Wax. The Triumph of Christianity. How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion Rodney Stark (HarperOne).
Porn Predicts Same-Sex Marriage Support, Says Regnerus
(Updated) Sociologist says statistical link is strong for men but not for women.
CT also noted how many social scientists came to his defense, including Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, Rodney Stark, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Bradley Wright.
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
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
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
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
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
Is Megachurch Worship Addictive?
Scholars, including the coauthor of the recent study alleging that it creates a "high," weigh in.
concerned about things. Churches that never stir anyone up don't last long." Rodney Stark, co-director, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. "It can be. It is
Important developments in the church and the world.
said "none of the allegations … were substantiated." An influential group of social scientists—including Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, and Rodney Stark—defended Regnerus's
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
The Leavers: Young Doubters Exit the Church
More than in previous generations, 20- and 30- somethings are abandoning the faith. Why?
Ultimately we will have to undertake the slow but fruitful work of building relationships with those who have left the faith. Rodney Stark also calls for calm.
Urban Planters: Building off Believers?
Who fills the pews of the Big Apple?
Trying to attract only unchurched people isn't a great long-term strategy, said Rodney Stark, co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.
A Fresh Call for U.S. Missionaries
Americans should focus less on 'Western guilt' and more on sharing the gospel.
These intellectuals have reached the same conclusions as those of the late American legal scholar Harold Berman and the sociologist Rodney Stark: The moral values, legal principles
Dying Decisions: Should Relatives Intervene?
Christian thinkers weigh in on whether family or friends should intervene if a terminally ill Christian decides against life-extending treatment.
In The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, author Rodney Stark links the
Brief Reviews of 'God of Liberty,' 'Manifest Destinies,' and 'Anterooms.'
When a book arrives with enthusiastic endorsements from Rodney Stark, Mark Noll, Harry Stout, George Marsden, and Wilfred McClay, what's left to say except "Buy it and read it"?