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Stark's "The triumph of Christianity": review and notes

Rodney Stark, The triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus movement became the world''s largest religion (HarperOne 2011)

This post is a review of Stark’s book along with my notes on each chapter. His title sounds triumphalist, but the book isn’t. His perspective on the history of Christianity is sociological but sympathetic, dispassionate enough to challenge preconceptions about the church’s history, sometimes showing it in a worse (but sometimes in a better) light than traditional perspectives. The book investigates how a once Jewish sect has become the world's largest religion.

The extent of the notes on a given chapter is not proportional to the chapter’s length, but reflects the degree to which the chapter’s content caught my interest.