Book Review: THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY by Rodney Stark

Many scholars and journalists have written words of appreciation for this well researched work. This book review was written by Hank Griffith of South Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The author of this fascinating book, Rodney Stark, was Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington for 32 years, then moved to Baylor University where he is currently co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion.

The subtitle of the book is the best summary I know as to what Stark is seeking to explain: “How the obscure, marginal Jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the western world in a few centuries.”

The author traces the growth of Christianity in the… (CONTINUE READING)

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