Rodney Stark

on a Progressive Sociologist’s Path to Christianity

Rodney Stark, the widely read sociologist turned historian, died on July 21, 2022, at age 88. His journey from progressivism to Christianity is reflected in his large body of work.

When I began reading Stark, about the year 2000, I discovered that his long-standing goal was to crush the dominant progressive narrative of the West, which he called “one of the most successful propaganda campaigns in Western history.” This tall tale, as narrated by Darwin, Marx, and Freud and perpetuated by the progressives, offers only material causes for the sublime success of the West, formerly Christendom.

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