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

By: Stark, RodneyPublication details: New York : Random House, c2005Edition: 1st edDescription: xvi, 281 p. ; 20 cmISBN: 0812972333 (pbk.); 9780812972337 (pbk.)Subject(s): Christian civilization | Capitalism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- HistoryLOC classification: BR115.C5 | S63 2006
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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-270) and index.

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.

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.