Rodney Stark is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His thirty books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity, Cities of God, For the Glory of God, Discovering God, and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. Stark received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stark converts plausible conjectures into testable hypotheses about the growth of Christianity . . . this book will spark controversy.--ALA Booklist Pairing data with a fresh reading of scripture, this approach provides several surprises. . . . An intriguing read.--Kirkus Reviews