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For the glory of God : how monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts, and the end of slavery / Rodney Stark
Bib ID 2421003
Format BookBook
Author
Stark, Rodney
 
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Description Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003 
x, 488 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0691114366
Summary

"Rodney Stark's new book argues that, whether we like it or not, people acting for the glory of God have formed our modern culture. Continuing his project of identifying the widespread consequences of monotheism, Stark shows that the Christian conception of God resulted - almost inevitably and for the same reasons - in the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern science, the European witch-hunts, and the Western abolition of slavery. In the process, he explains why Christian and Islamic images of God yielded such different cultural results, leading Christians but not Muslims to foster science, burn "Witches," and denounce slavery."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Introduction: Dimensions of the Supernatural
  • 1. God's Truth: Inevitable Sects and Reformations
  • 2. God's Handiwork: The Religious Origins of Science
  • 3. God's Enemies: Explaining the European Witch-Hunts
  • 4. God's Justice: The Sin of Slavery
  • Postscript: Gods, Rituals, and Social Science.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-464) and index.

English.

Subjects Monotheism -- History.  |  Religion and civilization.

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