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E devoted to Isis the Egyptian goddess of love and magic and to Cybele the fertility goddess of Asia Minor actually prepared the way for the rapid spread of Christianity across the Roman EmpireContrary to generations of historians the Roman mystery cult of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith of the empire it allowed no female members and attracted only soldiersBy analyzing concrete data Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of than one third of the earth's populati I had a difficult time fighting the urge to put this book down throughout the first chapter The beginning of the book is laid out much as a student of rudimentary statistics would present uantitative information I found it grating to read It s only as I read the book that I came to understand that this format of argumentation is precisely why Stark wrote the book and not the subject matter it entails This book had to do with an urging for historians to go back to this fundamental uantitative way of analyzing history than it did for any sort of Earth shattering revelations on Christianity Stark admits this in his conclusion aptly named Why Historians Should Count By explaining his metho

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Cities of God The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conuered Rome

How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers Who listened to this good news and who ignored it Where did Christianity spread and how Based on uantitative data and the latest scholarship preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the worldDrawing on both archaeological and historical evidence Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence on the religious life of the Rom Like his previous books this one is well worth readingStark disproves many currently popular views about early Christianity such as Christians forced paganism out of existence and pagan beliefs produced Christian thought Stark also debunks the myth that Gnosticism represents a authentic Christianity He shows that Gnostic writers are known to have gathered only small schools of devotees They were not an alternative Christianity They were paganism s attempt to paganize ChristianityI was interested to read his view that the faith spread not because of the promise of reward hereafter but because of the way it could provide an antidote to life s miseries here and now The truly revolution

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An Empire to discover the following facts that set conventional history on its headContrary to fictions such as The Da Vinci Code and the claims of some prominent scholars Gnosticism was not a sophisticated authentic form of Christianity but really an unsuccessful effort to paganize ChristianityPaul was called the apostle to the Gentiles but mostly he converted JewsPaganism was not rapidly stamped out by state repression following the vision and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of ChristianityThe oriental faiths such as thos Too rare are intellectuals of minority and unpopular conviction who can back up their hypotheses with uantitative data Rodney Stark s analysis of the movements of early Christian history refutes trendy gnostic claims and the preferences of those who will not count the facts evident on the ground


10 thoughts on “Cities of God The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conuered Rome

  1. says:

    This book wasn't at all what I expected I thought I would learn a lot about cities in the Greco Roman world how Christianity develop

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    Like his previous books this one is well worth readingStark disproves many currently popular views about early Christianity such as

  3. says:

    A brilliant and elegant refuation of many of the most prevelant theories surrounding the nature and origin of Christianity W

  4. says:

    Too rare are intellectuals of minority and unpopular conviction who can back up their hypotheses with uantitative data Rodney Stark’s analysis of the movements of early Christian history refutes trendy gnostic claims and the pref

  5. says:

    A sociologist Dr Stark uses an approach to history in this book that I have never seen before He uses statistical analysis of available data to validate hypotheses about the growth and spread of Christianity Further he starts with “no brainer” hypotheses about which there is little disagreement to demonstrate confidence in his approach and then moves on to controversial issues So while he starts out with

  6. says:

    I like Rodney Stark’s books He writes well is clear and documents his work Recently I finished Cities of God a rather scientific book about the rise of Christianity His thesis which he proves with uantitative research is that Christianity took hold in cities mostly port cities to begin with that had a good number of Jews in them The first chapter talks about missions and how they work how monotheism was particularly

  7. says:

    I had a difficult time fighting the urge to put this book down throughout the first chapter The beginning of the book is laid out much as a student of rudimentary statistics would present uantitative information I found it grating to read It's only as I read the book that I came to understand that this format of argumenta

  8. says:

    This was uite a bit technical and polemic than I was expecting which is not necessarily a bad thing but is certainly an interesting combination the reader should know aboutFirst Stark devotes a significant portion of the b

  9. says:

    Wow A book that makes history fall into place with a resounding KerchunkThe author uses a statistical analysis techniue to clearly demonstrate the slow growth of Christianity in the first three hundred years as opposed to the tidal wave of conversions supposed by so many writers This techniue shows that the number of Christians in

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    Thesis not supported by the bookI have enjoyed Rodney a Stark’s books in the past and looked forward to this one However instead o

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