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  • Cities of God The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conuered Rome
  • Rodney Stark
  • English
  • 08 November 2019
  • 9780060858421

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

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    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 developed in those areas what churches might have looked like in those contexts etc Instead I learned a lit

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    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 t

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    A brilliant and elegant refuation of many of the most prevelant theories surrounding the nature and origin of Christianity Why are members of non Abrahamic religions called pagans How did Christianity become an imperial power Why di

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    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

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    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 hi

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    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 J

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    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 d

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    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

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    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 the entire Roman Empire was about 40000 by the year 100 CE growing to reach just over on

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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 of a treatise on how Christianity progressed in the 1st and 2nd centuries after Jesus it was an analysis of th

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

The ePUB #10003 the Roman 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 of God The Real Story PDF or 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 AD but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of ChristianityThe oriental faiths such 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 suited for mission work and why Christianity was uniuely shaped to do mission work He also speaks to subjective versus objective views of history His position is that history can be viewed through uantitative analysis and that it will actually prove what went on Too many historians according to Stark are subjective as to causes and eventsHe devotes one chapter to Paul and his missionary activities Stark contends that Paul worked mostly with Hellenized Jews and that in many cases churches already existed before Paul got to a city Mission work was going on naturally through relatives and friends and business contacts He includes a chart that begins with 1000 Christians in 40 AD and ends with 31722489 Christians in 350 AD This is achieved by a 34% growth rate per year which is perfectly achievable with person to person evangelism He appreciates Paul and is thankful for his epistles but says that Paul made little difference in the overall growth of the churchIn later chapters the author explains how a rural Galilean faith became urbanized and he identifies 31 cities in the Roman Empire having at least 30000 inhabitants He also talks about Isis and Cybele two oriental goddesses that moved west and were monotheistic These two religions helped set the stage for Christianity and its monotheism I think he gives a good explanation of why Christianity displaced polytheism and the two goddesses Mr Stark also explains why many Jews of the Diaspora were inclined to accept Christianity Finally he deals with Gnosticism and other heresies He also shows why Mithraism was never a serious contender it was for men only and mostly for soldiers and very secretiveHis final chapter is titled Why Historians Ought to Count In this chapter he argues for uantitative data and that serious historians should make use of it to be accurate in their conclusions He chides many historians for being subjective and parroting what others said before Edward Gibbon comes in for his share of criticism Gibbon was very anti Catholic which biased his views Gibbon s views were not based on uantitative data but on subjective feelings Those people longing for the good old days of tolerant paganism just don t know their historyThere are lots of charts and maps and tables in this book It is well presented and done so in a clear and logical fashion It is a book for serious Christians to read and to be inspired by The only reason I give it 4 stars is because it is technical and reuires concentration when reading especially the part explaining concepts and theories concepts and indicators and hypothesis This part is necessary to understand how he goes about using the data but it is not easy reading

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As those 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 of God The Real Story PDF or 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 population 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 book to methodology even explaining statistical regression and how it applies to historical research Some will find this helpful others will be bored out of their minds If you are expecting historical cultural background then be warned though some of that is definitely present Stark is interested in providing hard uantitative data even while acknowledging the difficulties of applying it to history This all does well to buffer his conclusions but the reader should know that some technical writing is aheadSecond the polemicsthis is where I could imagine many being turned off Stark clearly has a bone to pick with popular historical theories and leftist academic orthodoxy and he does not try to hide his disgust Even as someone who is largely in agreement with him I found the tone to be a bit grating so know this going inAll that said I am glad Stark is writing at a mostly popular level with this stuff His arguments are both compelling and convincing and certainly enriched my own understanding of the first generations of Christians the cultural setting in which the faith was born the activities of the first apostles and why the faith may have taken root the way it did His data on heretical movements is also extremely rich and sheds a lot of light on pop conspiracy theories about the Gnostics and the early churchSo if you are interested in history particularly the early church and can stomach some hard data methodology and a polemical tone then this is an easy recommendation Czarownik Iwanow (Kroniki Jakuba Wędrowycza, empire it of God The Real Story PDF or allowed no female members and attracted only soldiersBy analyzing concrete data Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about Jewish Life early Christianity offering the clearest picture Sex Toys 101 ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of than one third of the The Joy in Business earth's population This was uite a bit technical and polemic than I was Stuffed 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 book to methodology Cotas Claim even The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, explaining statistical regression and how it applies to historical research Some will find this helpful others will be bored out of their minds If you are Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) expecting historical cultural background then be warned though some of that is definitely present Stark is interested in providing hard uantitative data Fakers, Forgers Phoneys even while acknowledging the difficulties of applying it to history This all does well to buffer his conclusions but the reader should know that some technical writing is aheadSecond the polemicsthis is where I could imagine many being turned off Stark clearly has a bone to pick with popular historical theories and leftist academic orthodoxy and he does not try to hide his disgust Even as someone who is largely in agreement with him I found the tone to be a bit grating so know this going inAll that said I am glad Stark is writing at a mostly popular level with this stuff His arguments are both compelling and convincing and certainly Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia enriched my own understanding of the first generations of Christians the cultural setting in which the faith was born the activities of the first apostles and why the faith may have taken root the way it did His data on heretical movements is also Dreams Come to Life (Bendy and the Ink Machine, Book 1) extremely rich and sheds a lot of light on pop conspiracy theories about the Gnostics and the Doing Without Concepts early churchSo if you are interested in history particularly the Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy early church and can stomach some hard data methodology and a polemical tone then this is an But I Survived easy recommendation

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How did the preaching of a peasant God The PDF #8608 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 Cities of ePUB #10003 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 of God 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 revolutionary aspect of Christianity lay in moral imperatives And it mostly spread not by missionaries but by personal contact among friends neighbors and coworkers


About the Author: Rodney Stark

Rodney Stark grew up in Jamestown North God The PDF ↠ Dakota and began his career as a newspaper reporter Following a tour of duty in the US Army he received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley where he held appointments as a research sociologist at the Survey Research Center and at Cities of ePUB ✓ the Center for the Study of Law and Society He left Berkeley to become Professor of Sociology and of Compa.