Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences
Co-Director, The Institute for Studies of Religion
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
Dr. Rodney Stark grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and began his career as a newspaper reporter. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he held appointments as a research sociologist at the Survey Research Center and at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He left Berkeley to become Professor of Sociology and of Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. In 2004 he joined the faculty of Baylor University. He has published 27 books and more than 140 scholarly articles on subjects as diverse as prejudice, crime, suicide, and city life in ancient Rome. However, the greater part of his work has been on religion. He is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He also has won a number of national and international awards for distinguished scholarship. Many of his books and articles have been translated and published in foreign languages, including Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Rodney Stark and BusternG. Smith, "Pluralism and the Churching of Latin
America." Latin American Politics and Society,54(2012):35-50.
Rodney Stark, Carson Mencken, and Byron Johnson. "A Reliable Estimate of the Number of Chinese Christians."First Things.May, 2011:14-16
Rodney Stark and Eric Y. Liu, "The Religious Awakening in China," Review of Religious Research. 52 (2011):282-289.
Rodney Stark and Buster G. Smith, "Conversion to Latin American Protestantism and the Case for Religious Motivation,"Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. 6 (2010) Article 7
How the West Won:The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity By Rodney Stark, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, forthcoming, Feb 2014
America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists By Rodney Stark, Templeton Press, October 2012
The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion By Rodney Stark, HarperOne, October 25, 2011
Counting China's Christians: There are as many Christians in China as there are members of the Communist Party. by Rodney Stark, Byron Johnson, and Carson Mencken, First Things May 2011
Honors and Awards
Book of the Year Award, World Magazine, 2012: for The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion.
Award of Merit (theology/ethics) Christianity Today Magazine 2008: for Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief.
Award of Merit (history/biography) Christianity Today Magazine 2006: for The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, capitalism, and
Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2004, for TheGlory of God.
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