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Victory of reason

A new book just out looks like it must
go
on the to-read list: The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to
Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
by Rodney Stark. Christianity
as the rhyme and reason of Western Civilization is a common theme
around here
, and this book attempts to illustrate the connection in
detail. The thesis of the book is that Christianity is “fraternally
bound to reason; ” that reason and progress are Christian and biblical
ideas, and those ideas are at the root of scientific development,
economic prosperity, and political freedom. He paints a very different
picture of the Middle Ages than the one we have grown accustomed to:
that rather than the period following the Fall of Rome ushering in a
“dark age,” the Christian principle of reason and progress brought
about advancements that the Greeks and the Romans, because of their
pagan worldviews, were unable to make. In conjunction with Max Weber’s
classic, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, this book
will make a great addition to the rhetoric stage student’s applied
history studies.

One thought on “Victory of reason

  1. Christine,
    Are you going to add these books on your website for recommended reading for those in the Rhetoric stage? I am one of those people who value your Scope & Sequence.
    Blessings,
    Sheri

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