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"?
The Enduring Church
Believers in every age worry about the collapse of the faith.
Sociologist Rodney Stark has sought to overturn this perception in his response to the secularization theory, going so far as to argue that the piety of the past is a "myth." Stark's
Philip Yancey: A Living Stream in the Desert
How the Christian faith will be a subversive—and liberating—influence in the Middle East.
Christians who came from this region. Recently I have been reading a historical study by Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity. A sociologist of religion, Stark
Be Fruitful and Multiply?
Observers weigh in on whether Christians have a special responsibility to have children.
to not have children.". Rodney Stark, professor of social sciences, Baylor University. "As a human species, we are successfully filling the earth. I don't think
Segregated in a Whole New Way
A church family from the same generation isn't much of a family.
"It merely shows that when young people leave home, some of them tend to sleep in on Sunday mornings rather than go to church," says Baylor University sociologist Rodney Stark.
Health, Care, and the Gospel
In his thoughtful book, The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark claims that the secret of expansion in Christianity's earliest days is explained far more by the sacrificial care that followers of
Curing Christians' Stats Abuse
The statistics we most love to repeat may be leading us to make bad choices about the church.
Baylor Religion Survey: The 2007 Baylor Religion Survey, reported in Rodney Stark's book What Americans Really Believe (2008), found that, of the 11 percent of Americans who said
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
How to Handle the Next Pandemic
Christians at their best have an odd answer.
In The Rise of Christianity, sociologist Rodney Stark describes those dark times in Roman history when city-wide epidemics wiped out whole sections of the population.
Some Random Items...
"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...
Mega or missional? The stats say both are doing well.
data. Even Baylor sociologist Rodney Stark's What Americans Really Believe lauds the strengths of megachurches as compared to small churches. "Those
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.
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