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The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist. Christian Hope in a Secularised World.

Moloney, Francis J. (2016) The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist. Christian Hope in a Secularised World. Australasian Catholic Record, 93 (3). pp. 310-325. ISSN 0727-3215

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Abstract

In 1996 the American sociologist, Rodney Stark, published a provocative sociological study called The Rise of Christianity. He wrote this book because his reading of the work of the historians of early Christianity showed that their history was good, but their sociology was nonexistent. He minimalised many theories about the rise of Christianity. Theologians and church historians regularly point to the transforming effect of the purity of the doctrine, the teaching of the resurrection, the blood of the martyrs, a sacramental life, and other such central Christian beliefs and phenomena as the reasons for its rapid spread in the Roman Empire. Stark questions this, insisting that the fundamental motivation for the phenomenon was that the Christians cared for one another, especially their women.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Christ, Lord's Supper, Christianity, Secularism, New Testament
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 15:39
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 15:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2733

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