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Celebrated religious and social historian Rodney Stark traces the extraordinary rise of Christianity through its most pivotal and controversial moments to offer fresh perspective on the history of the world's largest religion. In The Triumph of Christianity, the author of God's Battalions and The Rise of Christianity gathers and refines decades of powerful research and discovery into one concentrated, concise, and highly accessible volume that explores Christianity's most crucial episodes. The unique format of The Triumph of Christianity allows Stark to avoid dense chronologies and difficult back stories, bringing listeners right to the heart of Christian history's most vital controversies and enduring lessons.

©2011 Rodney Stark (P)2020 Tantor

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Balanced and unapologetic, excellent read

The book is an encyclopedia of topics related to the rise and presentation of Christianity throughout the ages. The book is a must read for any serious seeker of the history and development of Christianity as well as its influence in today’s world. Stark presents both sides of every topic with a compelling evidence based input. I am now a Rodney Stark fan.

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(Audible version) Reader was surprisingly hard to follow

Very interesting material. However, I would have gotten more out of this book had the reader been easier to follow. While he has a very pleasant voice and great diction, his tone was so flat that I would repeatedly have to rewind in order to figure out the meaning in his string of flat words. Straining to follow his words became too great a challenge. Too often I found myself tuning the reader out.

The book seems good though. I will consider buying it in paperback so I can reference some of the key points.

The author presents an historical account of Christianity that counters common assumptions. The content is presented through the lenses of social science and history. It is not an apologetic. This is a welcome aspect of the book.

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Excellent Analysis of Christianity's Growth

The work is a well researched analysis of how and why the Jesus Movement triumphed. Very detailed. I've learned quite a bit. The only downside I've uncovered is that there should be a PDF that will show the listener the graphs and charts that is mentioned in the text.

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  • 05-04-22

Great insights into the sociology of Christianity

This book is primarily a secular, although positive, look at the growth of Christianity through a lense of history, sociology and policy.

The book is well read, though my one little gripe is one, which in fairness is mentioned by the book, in that it sometimes references figures and charts which are not transcribed.