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    • God's Battalions

    • The Case for the Crusades
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A lively and useful introduction

    • By Tad Davis on 01-06-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • How the West Won

    • The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 306

    Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • We all have a bias

    • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Bearing False Witness

    • Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As we all know, and as many of our well-established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope", the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long-held beliefs were all wrong?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enlightening

    • By jjdoctor on 12-10-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Victory of Reason

    • How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: Bob Souer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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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.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Why God?

    • Explaining Religious Phenomena
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: Andy Rose
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this audiobook, renowned sociologist Rodney Stark offers a decisive, God-centered theory of religion. Stark explores the entire range of religious topics, including the rise of monotheism, the discovery of sin, causes of religious hostility and conflict, and the role of revelations. Each chapter of Why God? builds a comprehensive framework, starting with the foundations of human motivations and ending with an explanation of why most people are religious. Stark ultimately settles what religion is, what it does, and why it is a universal feature of human societies.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Triumph of Faith

    • Why the World Is More Religious than Ever
    • By: Rodney Stark
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    Everybody seems to take it for granted that the world is getting more secular - that faith is doomed by modernity. Scientists, secularists, and atheists applaud the change; religious believers lament it. But here's the thing: They're all wrong, and acclaimed author Rodney Stark has the numbers to prove it. The Triumph of Faith explodes the myth that people around the world are abandoning religion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in every way!

    • By S. Anderson on 06-18-16

    Regular price: $26.59