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The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon Harnack and Rodney Stark

The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon  Harnack and Rodney Stark Book
Author : Jan N. Bremmer
Publisher : Barkhuis
Release : 2010
ISBN : 9077922709
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The rise of Christianity up to the victory of Constantine has often been studied and remains a puzzling phenomenon. In this valedictory lecture Jan N. Bremmer concentrates on the explanations adduced, focusing in particular on the works of three iconic figures from the last two hundred and fifty years: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire of Edward Gibbon, the most famous ancient historian of all time, at the end of the eighteenth century; Die Mission und Ausbreitung des Christentums of Adolf von Harnack, the greatest historian of early Christianity of all time, around 1900, and The Rise of Christianity of Rodney Stark, the most adventurous sociologist of religion of our times, at the end of the twentieth century.Bremmer locates their concerns and explanations within their own times, but also takes them seriously as scholars, discussing their analyses and approaches. In this way he shows both the continuities and the innovations in the evolving view which scholarship presents of early Christianity. Bremmer's exceptional knowledge of the huge range of scholarship and his humane and balanced judgment make this lecture the ideal introduction to the many problems raised by Christianity's displacement of paganism

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Rodney Stark
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2020-06-16
ISBN : 0691214298
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The idea that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor is a widely accepted notion. Yet it is one of many myths that must be discarded if we are to understand just how a tiny messianic movement on the edge of the Roman Empire became the dominant faith of Western civilization. In a fast-paced, highly readable book that addresses beliefs as well as historical facts, Rodney Stark brings a sociologist's perspective to bear on the puzzle behind the success of early Christianity. He comes equipped not only with the logic and methods of social science but also with insights gathered firsthand into why people convert and how new religious groups recruit members. He digs deep into the historical evidence on many issues--such as the social background of converts, the mission to the Jews, the status of women in the church, the role of martyrdom--to provide a vivid and unconventional account of early Christianity. The author plots the most plausible curve of Christian growth from the year 40 to 300. By the time of Constantine, Christianity had become a considerable force, with growth patterns very similar to those of modern-day successful religious movements. An unusual number of Christian converts, for example, came from the educated, cosmopolitan classes. Because it offered a new perspective on familiar concepts and was not linked to ethnicity, Christianity had a large following among persons seeking to assimilate into the dominant culture, mainly Hellenized Jews. The oversupply of women in Christian communities--due partly to the respect and protection they received--led to intermarriages with pagans, hence more conversions, and to a high fertility rate. Stark points out, too, the role played by selflessness and faith. Amidst the epidemics, fires, and other disasters that beleaguered Greco-Roman cities, Christian communities were a stronghold of mutual aid, which resulted in a survival rate far greater than that of the pagans. In the meantime, voluntary martyrdom, especially a generation after the death of Christ, reinforced the commitment of the Christian rank and file. What Stark ultimately offers is a multifaceted portrait of early Christianity, one that appeals to practical reasoning, historical curiosity, and personal reflection.

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity

Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity Book
Author : Paul Barnett
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2002-04-17
ISBN : 9780830826995
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Paul Barnett not only places the New Testament within the world of caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducee and revolutionaries, but argues that the mainspring and driving force of early Christian history is the historical Jesus.

The Triumph of Christianity

The Triumph of Christianity Book
Author : Rodney Stark
Publisher : HarperOne
Release : 2012-11-06
ISBN : 9780062007698
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Celebrated religious and social historian Rodney Stark traces the extraordinary rise of Christianity through its most pivotal and controversial moments to offer fresh perspective on the history of the world’s largest religion. In The Triumph of Christianity, the author of God’s Battalions and The Rise of Christianity gathers and refines decades of powerful research and discovery into one concentrated, concise, and highly readable volume that explores Christianity’s most crucial episodes. The unique format of Triumph of Christianity allows Stark to avoid dense chronologies and difficult back stories, bringing readers right to the heart of Christian history’s most vital controversies and enduring lessons.

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church Book
Author : Alan Kreider
Publisher : Baker Academic
Release : 2016-03-29
ISBN : 9780801048494
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How and why did the early church grow in the first four hundred years despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution? In this unique historical study, veteran scholar Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells the amazing story of the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Challenging traditional understandings, Kreider contends the church grew because the virtue of patience was of central importance in the life and witness of the early Christians. They wrote about patience, not evangelism, and reflected on prayer, catechesis, and worship, yet the church grew--not by specific strategies but by patient ferment.

A Star in the East

A Star in the East Book
Author : Rodney Stark,Xiuhua Wang
Publisher : Templeton Foundation Press
Release : 2015-05-11
ISBN : 1599474875
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Written by the leading authority on religon and best-selling author, Rodney Stark, A FIGHT FOR FAITH presents a compelling story about the dramatic rise of Christianity in China, and lays out the ramifications of this mass conversion both on China and the world at large.

The Family in Late Antiquity

The Family in Late Antiquity Book
Author : Geoffrey Nathan
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2002-01-08
ISBN : 1134706685
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Family in Late Antiquity offers a challenging, well-argued and coherent study of the family in the late Roman world and the influence of the emerging Christian religion on its structure and value. Before the Roman Empire's political disintegration in the west, enormous political, religious and cultural changes took place in the period of late antiquity. This book is the first comprehensive study of the family in the later Roman Empire, from approximately 300 AD to 550 AD. Geoffrey Nathan analyses the classical Roman family as well as early Christian notions of this most basic unit of social organisation. Using these models as a contextual backdrop, he then explores marriage, children, domestic servitude, and other familial institutions in late antiquity. He brings together a diverse collection of sources, transcending traditional studies that have centred on the legal record.

Plagues Priests and Demons

Plagues  Priests  and Demons Book
Author : Daniel T. Reff
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2004-12-06
ISBN : 9781139442787
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Drawing on anthropology, religious studies, history, and literary theory, Plagues, Priests, and Demons explores significant parallels in the rise of Christianity in the late Roman empire and colonial Mexico. Evidence shows that new forms of infectious disease devastated the late Roman empire and Indian America, respectively, contributing to pagan and Indian interest in Christianity. Christian clerics and monks in early medieval Europe, and later Jesuit missionaries in colonial Mexico, introduced new beliefs and practices as well as accommodated indigenous religions, especially through the cult of the saints. The book is simultaneously a comparative study of early Christian and later Spanish missionary texts. Similarities in the two literatures are attributed to similar cultural-historical forces that governed the 'rise of Christianity' in Europe and the Americas.

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Francis Clark
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1974
ISBN : 9780335006168
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Christianity and the Roman Empire

Christianity and the Roman Empire Book
Author : Ralph Martin Novak
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2001-02-01
ISBN : 0567018407
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The rise of Christianity during the first four centuries of the common era was the pivotal development in Western history and profoundly influenced the later direction of all world history. Yet, for all that has been written on early Christian history, the primary sources for this history are widely scattered, difficult to find, and generally unknown to lay persons and to historians not specially trained in the field. In Christianity and the Roman Empire Ralph Novak interweaves these primary sources with a narrative text and constructs a single continuous account of these crucial centuries. The primary sources are selected to emphasize the manner in which the government and the people of the Roman Empire perceived Christians socially and politically; the ways in which these perceptions influenced the treatment of Christians within the Roman Empire; and the manner in which Christians established their political and religious dominance of the Roman Empire after Constantine the Great came to power in the early fourth century CE. Ralph Martin Novak holds a Masters Degree in Roman History from the University of Chicago. For: Undergraduates; seminarians; general audiences

The Rise of Christianity History Documents and Key Questions

The Rise of Christianity  History  Documents  and Key Questions Book
Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2015-12-07
ISBN : 1610698088
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An outstanding resource for high school readers and first-year college students, this book explores early Christianity from its beginnings in the first century through the fourth century when Christianity went from a persecuted faith to the only legalized faith in the Roman Empire. • Provides readers with a broad understanding of early Christianity from the time of Jesus to the fall of Rome and an appreciation for how early Christian communities spread throughout the Empire • Examines a number of key topics that relate to the varied communities that made up early Christianity • Provides readers with multiple primary documents in order to better understand early Christianity and offer opportunities to apply their critical thinking skills • Supports NCHS World History content standards for Era 3, Standard 3B

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Leif E. Vaage
Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Release : 2010-10-30
ISBN : 155458809X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity discusses the diverse cultural destinies of early Christianity, early Judaism, and other ancient religious groups as a question of social rivalry. The book is divided into three main sections. The first section debates the degree to which the category of rivalry adequately names the issue(s) that must be addressed when comparing and contrasting the social “success” of different religious groups in antiquity. The second is a critical assessment of the common modern category of “mission” to describe the inner dynamic of such a process; it discusses the early Christian apostle Paul, the early Jewish historian Josephus, and ancient Mithraism. The third section of the book is devoted to “the rise of Christianity,” primarily in response to the similarly titled work of the American sociologist of religion Rodney Stark. While it is not clear that any of these groups imagined its own success necessarily entailing the elimination of others, it does seem that early Christianity had certain habits, both of speech and practice, which made it particularly apt to succeed (in) the Roman Empire.

Documents of the Rise of Christianity

Documents of the Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Kevin W. Kaatz
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2019-03-14
ISBN : 1440854319
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An introduction to the history of early Christianity, this reference provides roughly 60 primary source documents from the first five centuries of the Christian Era, each accompanied by explanatory material. • Offers a guide that helps readers to understand how to study primary documents critically • Provides an introduction of the history of the early Christian Church • Highlights a timeline of key events in the early history of Christianity • Features sections on the first five centuries of the Christian Era that encompass primary source documents, accompanied by headnotes and suggestions for further reading

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Hector Avalos
Publisher : Baker Academic
Release : 1999-02-01
ISBN : 9780801045509
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"In Health Care and the Rise of Christianity Avalos helpfully turns our attention to the care of bodies as fundamental to the growth and expansion of early Christianity. Response to basic issues--such as cost, access to care, and perceived efficacy--helped to fashion an early Christian system of health care that was distinct from contemporary approaches. Avalos raises eminently relevant questions about the role of ideas and practices of health care in the attractiveness of new religious movements, both historically and today."--Nancy L. Eiesland, Candler School of Theology, Emory University "Professor Avalos brings his considerable expertise in medical anthropology to the study of health care systems in the ancient cultures out of which Christianity arose. His analysis of the role played by health care in the advent of Christianity is carefully constructed through cross-cultural and interdisciplinary methodologies, and presented in a readable format which makes his results easily accessible to the specialist and layperson alike. This book is a must for anyone interested in the topic, or concerned about the ethical and long term implications of a modern health system care in crisis."--Carole R. Fontaine, Andover Newton Theological School

On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity

On God  The Soul  Evil and the Rise of Christianity Book
Author : John Peter Kenney
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2018-12-27
ISBN : 1501314009
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.

The Fall of the Roman World and the Rise of Christianity

The Fall of the Roman World and the Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Kelly Roscoe
Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release : 2017-07-15
ISBN : 168048625X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Although once regarded as a time of uninterrupted ignorance, superstition, and social oppression, the Middle Ages are now understood as a dynamic period during which the idea of Europe as a distinct cultural unit emerged. This title dives into late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, a time when political, social, economic, and cultural structures were profoundly reorganized. As Roman imperial traditions gave way to those of the Germanic peoples who established kingdoms in the former Western Empire, new forms of political leadership were introduced, and the population of Europe was gradually Christianized.

The Victory of Reason

The Victory of Reason Book
Author : Rodney Stark
Publisher : Random House Incorporated
Release : 2005
ISBN : 9781400062287
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A critical analysis of the important role of Christianity in the history of the West argues that the Christian faith's emphasis on reason, progress, moral equality, and freedom led to technological innovation, the rise of science, open political institutions, democracy, and capitalism, paving the way to Western success. 30,000 first printing.

The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Albert Kalthoff
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1907
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The rise of christianity

The rise of christianity Book
Author : Ernest William Barnes
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1948
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity Book
Author : Ernest William BARNES (Bishop of Birmingham.)
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1947
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Rise of Christianity book written by Ernest William BARNES (Bishop of Birmingham.), available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.