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.
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"?
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
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.
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
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
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...
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
Verdict that Demands Evidence
It is Darwinists, not Christians, who are stonewalling the facts.
becoming another, as Darwin confidently predicted. This lack of evidence has not gone unnoticed by sociologist Rodney Stark. Stark calls himself neither an
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
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