Posts Tagged ‘Dark Ages’

Rodney Stark on Myths of the Reformation

Many misconceptions surround the Protestant Reformation, from it being the birth of capitalism to it prompting Europe’s secularization. Noted sociologist of religion Rodney Stark (Baylor ISR) joins us to discuss these myths and more. With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation just about a month away, this is a great opportunity to refresh on some interesting talking points to engage your friends, family, and colleagues.

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David Bentley Hart on Atheist Delusions

By listener request, David Bentley Hart joins us to discuss his award-winning book, “Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies.” We cover who these “new” atheists are, how they differ from the old atheists, and Prof. Hart’s general reactions to more common claims by atheist scholars about the Christian past and the “Age of Reason.”

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Rodney Stark on the Triumph of Christianity, Part II

Rod Stark rejoins our podcast to discuss the second portion of his book, “The Triumph of Christianity.” We survey the epoch from the Edict of Milan up until the start of the Protestant Reformation, covering topics such as the relationship between Christianity and economic growth, the Church’s role in promoting science, religious opposition to slavery, the supposed demise of paganism, the religiosity of the common folk, and the various “reformations” that were taking place within the Christian Church throughout this era, eventually leading to Luther’s Reformation.

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