The Victory Of Reason
by Rodney Stark
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Many books have been written on the success of the West, analysing why Europe was able to shoot before the rest of the world by the end of the Middle AgesMost common explanations cite the West, the superior of geography, commerce, and technologyCompletely neglected is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity’s commitment to rational theology, makes all these possible developmentsSimply put, the conventional wisdom that the West’s success depended on overcoming religious barriers of progress is total nonsense.In the Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark made revolutionary progress, controversial, and for a long time the idea: that Christianity and its institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most important intellectual, political, scientific, economic and breakthroughs during the last millenniumIn Stark, what propelled the West is not the tension between secular and nonsecular society, nor the corrosion pits of science and human sciences against religious beliefChristian theology, Stark says, is the police of reason: Everyone is other great belief systems stressed mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced the logic and reason that the path to enlightenment, freedom and progressThat’s what makes all the difference.In explaining the domination of the West, Stark, convincingly, demystifies long admitted “truths”For example, arguing that capitalism flourished centuries before there was a Protestant ethic of work-or even Protestants-he opposes the idea that Protestant ethic of work was responsible for overdrive capitalism kicks.In the fifth century, Stark notes, St Augustine celebrated theological and material progress and the institution of “exuberant invention”On the other hand, long before Augustine, Aristotle had condemned trade as “incompatible with human virtue”-which further contributes to stressing that Augustine was not the Dark Ages, but the incubator of the West’s future gl
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