For the glory of God : how monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts, and the end of slavery
- Rodney Stark.
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003.
- Physical description
- x, 488 p. : ill. , 24 cm.
- Stark, Rodney.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-464) and index.
- List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Dimensions of the Supernatural 1 CAHPTER 1 God's Truth: Inevitable Sects and Reformations 15 CAHPTER 2 God's Handiwork: The Religious Origins of Science 121 CAHPTER 3 God's Enemies: Explaining the European Witch-Hunts 201 CAHPTER 4 God's Justice: The Sin of Slavery 291 Postscript: Gods, Rituals, and Social Science 367 Notes 377 Bibliography 419 Index 465.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Rodney Stark's provocative 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.
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