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Author Stark, Rodney.

Title The victory of reason : how Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western success / Rodney Stark.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2005.

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 Moore Stacks  BR115.C5 S63 2005    Available  ---
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvi, 281 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-270) and index.
Contents Introduction : Reason and progress -- pt. I. Foundations. Blessings of rational theology -- Medieval progress : technical, cultural, and religious -- Tyranny and the "rebirth" of freedom -- pt. II. Fulfillment. Perfecting Italian capitalism -- Capitalism moves North -- "Catholic" anticapitalism : Spanish and French despotism -- Feudalism and capitalism in the new world -- Globalization and modernity.
Summary 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. Here, sociologist Stark advances a revolutionary, 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 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.--From publisher description.
Subject Christian civilization.
Capitalism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
ISBN 1400062284
Standard No. 9781400062287 (hardcover : alk. paper) 52595