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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.

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In The Victory of Reason, Stark advances a revolutionary and controversial 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 non-secular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Stark asserts that while the world’s other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and deductive thinking as the path toward enlightenment, freedom and progress. That is what made all the difference between Western success and Western failure.

About the Author

Rodney Stark is University Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley, Stark was a staff writer for several notable publications. His previous books include: The Rise of Christianity and One True God: Historical Consequences