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

ISBN-10: 0061349887
ISBN-13: 9780061349881
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rodney Stark
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Description: Cities of God goes beyond an ordinary revision of history by an indepth analysis of quantitative data. Since early Christianity was primarily an urban movement, the thirtyone cities of the empire having populations of at least 30,000 as of the year  More...

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List price: $13.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Cities of God goes beyond an ordinary revision of history by an indepth analysis of quantitative data. Since early Christianity was primarily an urban movement, the thirtyone cities of the empire having populations of at least 30,000 as of the year 100 serve as the basis for testing hypotheses about the early church. Cities of God demonstrates how quantitative methods resolve many debates about early church history and can lead to the discovery of unanticipated relationships. Where we have traditionally thought Christianity was spread by mass conversions due to St. Paul's sermons and force of personality, we learn that it's spread was, in fact, gradual and logical. Whereas many recent scholars want to argue for Gnosticism as a suppressed competing form of Christianity, Stark argues that it was, in fact, a form of paganism and died a natural death from lack of converts. For the first time, a scholar has collected the hard data that challenges the common beliefs about the earliest days of how Christianity spread to become the largest religion in the world.

List of Maps and Illustrations
Missions and Methods
The Urban Empire
Christianization
Cybele and Isis: 'Oriental' Forerunners
Paul and the Mission to the Hellenized Jews
Gnosticism and Heresy
The Last Days of Paganism
Conclusion: Why Historians Ought to Count
Acknowledgments
Statistical Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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