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The Victory of Reason

How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: History, World
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In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium.

In Stark's view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and non-secular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason: While the world's other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and reason as the path toward enlightenment, freedom, and progress.

That is what made all the difference. In explaining the West's dominance, Stark convincingly debunks long-accepted "truths". For instance, by contending that capitalism thrived centuries before there was a Protestant work ethic - or even Protestants - he counters the notion that the Protestant work ethic was responsible for kicking capitalism into overdrive.

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Essential for today's changing times (2018)

this book shows that the essential elements of capitalism include the belief system of Christianity because of its reasoned approach to nature and to God. concise comprehensive well narrated full of details and facts. Rodney does it again.

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The Progress of Western Civilization Explained

The book does an excellent job explaining the root causes for the development of western civilization. It covers the development of science, technology, politics and capitalism. The book compares and contrast why these areas developed in the West and not in other countries with great clarity and logic.

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Christians Have Every Reason to Rejoice

I love Rodney Stark. He is constantly challenging the flat accepted history with vital new interpretations of data creating a vivid and convincing sketch of the past in a sweeping panorama. Stark is a favorite.

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