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The Victory of Reason

Author : Rodney Stark
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Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West’s superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity’s commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense. 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 nonsecular 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. In the fifth century, Stark notes, Saint Augustine celebrated theological and material progress and the institution of “exuberant invention.” By contrast, long before Augustine, Aristotle had condemned commercial trade as “inconsistent with human virtue”–which helps further underscore that Augustine’s times were not the Dark Ages but the incubator for the West’s future glories. This is a sweeping, multifaceted survey that takes readers from the Old World to the New, from the past to the present, overturning along the way not only centuries of prejudiced scholarship but the antireligious bias of our own time. The Victory of Reason proves that what we most admire about our world–scientific progress, democratic rule, free commerce–is largely due to Christianity, through which we are all inheritors of this grand tradition.

Summary The Victory of Reason

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The must-read summary of Rodney Stark's book: "The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success". This complete summary of "The Victory of Reason" by Rodney Stark, a prominent American sociologist of religion, presents his argument that Christianity and its institutions are responsible for the most significant breakthroughs of the past millennium. In his book, the author explains how Christianity is what led to the success of the West. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand how Christianity contributed to the founding of Western civilization • Expand your knowledge of politics and religion To learn more, read "The Victory of Reason" and discover why the West owes all of its successes to Christianity.

The Victory of Faith and Other Sermons

Author : Julius Charles HARE (Archdeacon of Lewes.)
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Faith and Philosophy

Author : Henry Boynton Smith
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American Presbyterian Review

Author : Henry Boynton Smith
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The Victory of Faith

Author : Julius Charles Hare
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The Witness to Immortality in Literature Philosophy and Life

Author : George Angier Gordon
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The Victory of the Will

Author : Victor Charbonnel
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The Enmity and the Victory Or The Appointed Enmity Between Both Seeds and the Victory Turning in Favor of the the Seed of the Woman

Author : William Morgan (of Holyhead, North Wales.)
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The Victory of Truth for the Peace of the Church to the King of Great Britain to Invite Him to Embrace the Roman Catholick Faith

Author : Théophile Brachet de La Milletière (Monsieur)
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Reason in Religion

Author : Frederic Henry Hedge
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A Reason of the Hope

Author : Robert South Barrett
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The Presbyterian Quarterly and Princeton Review

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Reason and Religion

Author : Julius Rupp
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The Victory of Divine Goodness

Author : Thomas Rawson Birks
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The Reason why

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The Reason why

Author : Ernest Emory Russell
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The Age of Reason

Author : Thomas Paine
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The Reason Why Natural History By the Author of The Biblical Reason Why R K Philp

Author : Robert Kemp PHILP
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The Assembly of Gods Or The Accord of Reason and Sensuality in the Fear of Death

Author : John Lydgate
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