Christian populations grew faster because of the prohibition of birth controlabortion and infanticide. Unfortunately, there is a near-total absence of women briefest mention of Mary, none of Helena, Monica, or of women as the mainstay of the early Church, even in its liturgy; women appear only as rejected by the Essenes and deprived of divorce rights by Christianity.
Chaos and the Need for Stability Another role in the burgeoning Christian movement was played by social crises, brought in the wake of disastrous plagues or in the common chaos of urban life. Why is the growth taking place at this rate in certain places.
And Roman society took note. Second, the Christian belief that they were duty-bound to love their neighbors as themselves, whether part of the household of faith or not, resulted in a disproportionate amount of Christian provision and caring for the sick and the helpless in times of famine, plague and crisis, of which there were many.
Bradley pointed out, no historical inference is possible at all. During the early centuries of Christian growth, a series of natural disasters including earthquakes and epidemics disrupted the Roman Empire. How else can it have grown from a tiny band of persecuted martyrs to the official religion of the Roman Empire in a mere three centuries.
Stark points to a number of advantages that Christianity had over paganism to explain its growth: While others fled cities, Christians stayed in urban areas during plague, ministering and caring for the sick. The Life of a Mediterranean Peasant, which has very little to do with Jesus, very much to do with peasant sociology.
Cosmopolitan, affluent Jews scattered throughout the Mediterranean world would have been a ripe audience for Christian preaching which assumed much common ground but freed them of the increasingly onerous ethnic identity markers that separated them from their Gentile neighbors.
First, the early Christian loathing of abortion and female infanticide quickly resulted in Christians having a significantly larger proportion of women in their ranks. Where was the other great superpower at the time of the Roman Empire. There are over 3, Jesuits in India. The Anglican Churches in Nigeria are saying that in the next ten years they will double their numbers.
Then there is the huge Pentecostal growth, which has been documented very ably by the famous sociologist, David Martin — particularly in Latin America and Africa but also in East Asia.
Never mind that pretty much the same question can be raised in the cases of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam. Wouldn't it be better to point to the attractive features of the faith to explain its expansion.
The historian uses interpretive frameworks to make sense of the data, and perhaps the most important of these is the venerable Principle of Analogy.
Mark was hinting at that, I think. Lastly, the epidemics left many non-Christians with a reduced number of interpersonal bonds, making the forming of new one both necessary and easier. Christianity would have, must have, had for these people the same sort of appeal Mormonism had for many nineteenth century Americans, dissatisfied with revivalist fundamentalism and looking for something new and different--yet not too different.
There had to be some substance to Christianity if it meant so much to those who practiced it. Among the topics covered are the Jewish background of Christianity; the life of Jesus; the growth of Christianity, with emphasis on the work of the apostles; Roman persecution of Christians and the impact of rival religions on the early church; and the spread of Christianity across Europe and the role of Christianity as the official religion of Rome.
Stark believes the class of people most likely to understand the new religion and see the need for its beliefs will be the most economically privileged.
SUMMARY. Now one of the world's predominant religions, Christianity survived difficult beginnings during a turbulent time in history. The authors of the essays in this volume discuss the birth, growth, and spread of Christianity as well as the problems faced by the early christians.
Review by Booklist Review. Gr. 10 and up. Christianity vs. Judaism Analysis Words | 7 Pages. Christianity vs. Judaism Christianity and Judaism are two Abrahamic theologies that have comparable origins, but have various beliefs, practices and teachings.
Founded in BC, Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world today. Three of these causes for the speedy growth of Christianity that historians recognize are: (1) the contrast between the teachings of Christianity and that of the pagan religions, (2) the admirable lifestyle of the Christians, and (3) the.
Mar 02, · The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Council on Foreign Relations co-hosted a luncheon roundtable entitled Faith and Conflict: The Global Rise of Christianity on March 2, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
The Rise of Christianity. by Rodney Stark - published by Princeton University Press, A Book Review by Father John McCloskey. As the year approaches, more and more people are asking why we celebrate the end of one millennium and the beginning of another.
Similarly, Stark's analysis of Jewish-Christian relations tends to confirm recent speculations of Georg Strecker and others that, contra F.C.
Baur and Walter Bauer, Jewish Christianity continued to thrive at least well into the fourth century.The rise of christianity analysis