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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. 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 England And Its Rulers of love and magic and to Cybele the fertility goddess Keurboslaan Se Struikrower Keurboslaan 11 of Asia Minor actually prepared the way for the rapid spread Western State Terrorism of Christianity across the Roman EmpireContrary to generations Defending The Resurrection of historians the Roman mystery cult Teaching By Design In Elementary Mathematics Grades 2 3 of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith The Wallace And Gromit A Close Shave Pop Up Book of the empire it allowed no female members and attracted History Lovers Cookbook only soldiersBy analyzing concrete data Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity michael-lange-river offering the clearest picture ever Chinese Primer of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith The Count Of Monte Cristo of than Divorce Amp Remarriage of the earth's populati. 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 5 Elementos Tomo 1 of the book to methodology even explaining statistical regression and how it applies to historical research Some will find this helpful The Dying Game others will be bored Contemporary Japanese Architects out nus-f-eacute-minins-mod-egrave-les-d-atelier-pour-l-artiste of their minds If you are expecting historical cultural background then be warned though some Collision With The Infinite of that is definitely present Stark is interested in providing hard uantitative data even while acknowledging the difficulties Reality Lesbian of applying

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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 w Really Professional Internet Person of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include 24 over two billion followers Who listened to this good news and who ignored it Where did Christianity spread and how Based Second Best on uantitative data and the latest scholarship preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise England And Its Rulers of the early church Keurboslaan Se Struikrower Keurboslaan 11 overturning many prevailing views Western State Terrorism of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the worldDrawing Defending The Resurrection on both archaeological and historical evidence Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence Teaching By Design In Elementary Mathematics Grades 2 3 on the religious life The Wallace And Gromit A Close Shave Pop Up Book of the Rom. Like his previous books this History Lovers Cookbook one is well worth readingStark disproves many currently popular views about early Christianity such as Christians forced paganism michael-lange-river out Chinese Primer 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 The Count Of Monte Cristo only small schools Divorce Amp Remarriage of the promise 5 Elementos Tomo 1 of reward hereafter but because The Dying Game of the w

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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 developed in those areas what churches might have looked like in those contexts etc Instead I learned a little bit about life in Greco Roman cities only about 5 pages are devoted to a discussion of urban life a few things about certain cults and heretical movements and a LOT about how spectacularly condescending Rod

  2. says:

    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 wer

  3. says:

    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 did the elite and the intelligentsia engage in Christian exegesis? All explored herein

  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 preferences of those who will not count the facts evident on the ground

  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 Furth

  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 t

  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

  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 book to methodology

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

  10. says:

    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

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