In its current issue, WORLD magazine names Baylor professor Dr. Rodney Stark’s The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion its Book of the Year for 2012.
Stark, co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences since 2004, is no stranger to such honors. The Triumph of Christianity is a sequel of sorts to a previous book of Stark’s, The Rise of Christianity, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. His works have also been recognized by Christianity Today, the American Library Association, the American Sociological Association and others.
The Triumph of Christianity – Stark’s 31st book in a long and distinguished career — covers how a small Jewish sect grew into the largest religion in the world. WORLDeditor-in-chief Marvin Olasky applauds Stark’s accessible writing and excellence in using “both statistics and historical testimony to shoot down stereotypes.”
Sic ’em, Dr. Stark!