Rodney Stark

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Rodney Stark is "one of the world’s most respected sociologists of religion.".[1] Since the 1960s Stark has studied the phenomenon of conversion scientifically focusing especially on new religious movements such as Mormons, Unificationists, and Hare Krishnas.[2]

An agnostic himself,[1] Stark views Christian history and what Christianity was able to accomplish in a very favorable light (see Christianity and science).

He has written or co-authored many books including:

After many years at the University of Washington, Stark now teaches at Baylor University.


  1. 1.0 1.1 An Interview With Rodney Stark
  2. Rodney Stark: The Berkeley Years - Armand L. Mauss - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Sep., 1990), pp. 362-366