Recently we have all heard of the decline of religion and the rise of a secularizaiton in America and the world. Rodney Stark challenges this claim. Stark which World magazine said, “Stark writes books that are models of popularly accessible scholarly writing.” He was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and The Denver Post. Stark then gained a Ph.D. and taught at the University of Washington for 32 years before heading to Baylor University in 2004.
This is challenged in his new book The Triumph of Faith. It is published by ISI (Intercollegiate Studies Institute). Last May the Pew Research Center released a study announcing the declining practice of religion in general and Christianity in particular. The promotion of this new book challenges this study: “Pew says America is becoming less religious. This book proves them wrong.”
Some of the commonly held beliefs today that this book dispels include:
- Why claims about Millennials’ lack of religion are overblown and historically ignorant
- Why Islam is NOT overtaking Christianity
- How 4 out of 5 people worldwide now belong to an organized religion
- How 50 percent have attended a worship service in the past week
- Why much-ballyhooed studies from the Pew Research Center and others get the religious landscape wrong
- Why atheists remain few, anywhere—despite all the talk of the “New Atheism”
Rodney Stark is the author of How the West Won, The Victory of Reason, The Rise of Christianity, God’s Battalions, and many other books. He serves as Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, where he is co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion.
In fact the Institute for Studies of Religion did a presentation recently on Nov. 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. challenging the secularization myth. Christian Post did an article about the panel discussion of Baylor professors of the Institute for Studies of Religion.
Dennis Prager interviewed him about his book How the West Won:
An excerpt his new book, The Triumph of Faith, can be found here:
“Science, Because Faith: Why Religious Belief is Rational” by Rodney Stark in Intercollegiate Review