This brilliant and highly provocative book will revolutionize the way people think about both biblical studies and church history.
Edition/Copyright:96 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Princeton University Press Year Published: 1996 International: No
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Stark, Rodney : University of Washington
Rodney Stark is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. He is the author of many books, including The Churching of America, 17761990, with Roger Finke, and A Theory of Religion with William Sims Bainbridge.
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List of Illustrations Preface Ch. 1 Conversion and Christian Growth 3 Ch. 2 The Class Basis of Early Christianity 29 Ch. 3 The Mission to the Jews: Why It Probably Succeeded 49 Ch. 4 Epidemics, Networks, and Conversion 73 Ch. 5 The Role of Women in Christian Growth 95 Ch. 6 Christianizing the Urban Empire: A Quantitative Approach 129 Ch. 7 Urban Chaos and Crisis: The Case of Antioch 147 Ch. 8 The Martyrs: Sacrifice as Rational Choice 163 Ch. 9 Opportunity and Organization 191 Ch. 10 A Brief Reflection on Virtue 209 Notes 217 Bibliography 223 Index 243
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