Rodney Stark Quotes.

1. "Not only were science and religion compatible, they were inseparable--the rise of science was achieved by deeply religious Christian scholars."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

2. "Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

3. "Because God is perfect, his handiwork functions in accord with immutable principles. By the full use of our God-given powers of reason and observation, it ought to be possible to discover these principles. These were the crucial ideas that explain why science arose in Christian Europe and no where else."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

4. "Imagine a society’s discovering a vaccine against a deadly disease that has been ravaging its people and continues to ravage people in neighboring societies, where the cause of the disease is incorrectly attributed to improper diet. What would be the judgment on such a society if it withheld its vaccine on the grounds that it would be ethnocentric to try to instruct members of another culture that their medical ideas are incorrect, and to induce them to adopt the effective treatment? If one accepts that one has the good fortune to be in possession of the true religion and thereby has access to the most valuable possible rewards, is one not similarly obligated to spread this blessing to those less fortunate?"
- Quote by Rodney Stark

5. "That new technologies and techniques would be forthcoming was a fundamental article of Christian faith. Hence, no bishops or theologians denounced clocks or sailing ships--although both were condemned on religious grounds in various non-Western societies."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

6. "Because God is a rational being and the universe is his personal creation, it necessarily has a rational, lawful, stable structure, awaiting increased human comprehension. This is the key to many intellectual undertakings, among them, the rise of science."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

7. "Christianity revitalized life in Greco-Roman cities by providing new norms and new kinds of social relationships able to cope with many urgent urban problems. To cities filled with the homeless and the impoverished, Christianity offered charity as well as hope. To cities filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity. And to cities faced with epidemics, fires, and earthquakes, Christianity offered effective nursing services."
- Quote by Rodney Stark

8. "Humans will tend to adopt and retain those elements of culture that appear to produce better results, while those that appear to be less rewarding will tend to be discarded."
- Rodney Stark, Discovering God

9. "only One True God can provide an adequate religious basis for the moral order. Divine essences such as the Tao do not command us to love one another. The first mover does not forbid us to covet another’s spouse. Paul Tillich’s conception of God as the ground of our being is not a being and therefore is incapable of having, let alone expressing, moral concerns. As for the little beings who populate pagan pantheons, they seem to concern themselves only with their own welfare and to ignore what people do to and for one another. Only monotheism serves as a basis for morality, for compelling and significant thou shalts and thou shalt nots. This certainly is not to suggest that pagan societies lack morality, but to acknowledge that their moral orders are not justified on religious grounds."
- Rodney Stark, Cities of God

10. "In fact, all known societies above the very primitive level have been slave societies—even many of the Northwest American Indian tribes had slaves long before Columbus’s voyage.46 Amid this universal slavery, only one civilization ever rejected human bondage: Christendom. And it did it twice!"
- Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion

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