God s Battalions Book
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

God s Battalions


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061942983

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God s Battalions Excerpt :

In God’s Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.

God s Battalions Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

God s Battalions


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : HarperOne
  • Release Date : 2010-11-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0061582603

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God s Battalions Excerpt :

The truth about the Christian Crusades and Muslim Jihad.

God s Battalions Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

God s Battalions


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061582615

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God s Battalions Excerpt :

In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression. Stark reviews the history of the seven major Crusades from 1095 to 1291, demonstrating that the Crusades were precipitated by Islamic provocations, centuries of bloody attempts to colonize the West, and sudden attacks on Christian pilgrims and holy places. Although the Crusades were initiated by a plea from the pope, Stark argues that this had nothing to do with any elaborate design of the Christian world to convert all Muslims to Christianity by force of arms. Given current tensions in the Middle East and terrorist attacks around the world, Stark's views are a thought-provoking contribution to our understanding and are sure to spark debate.

A Table in the Presence Book
Score: 4.5
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A Table in the Presence


  • Author : Carey H. Cash
  • Publisher : Presidio Press
  • Release Date : 2005-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 9780891418887

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A Table in the Presence Excerpt :

A U.S. Marine chaplain offers an eyewitness account of the war in Iraq, detailing the day-to-day life on the battlefield and the faith that brought together the members of a U.S. Marine battalion and carried them through the perils and horrors of war. Reprint.

God s War Book
Score: 4.5
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God s War


  • Author : Christopher Tyerman
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2007-10-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 1040
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141904313

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God s War Excerpt :

'Wonderfully written and characteristically brilliant' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads 'Elegant, readable ... an impressive synthesis ... Not many historians could have done it' - Jonathan Sumption, Spectator 'Tyerman's book is fascinating not just for what it has to tell us about the Crusades, but for the mirror it holds up to today's religious extremism' - Tom Holland, Spectator Thousands left their homelands in the Middle Ages to fight wars abroad. But how did the Crusades actually happen? From recruitment propaganda to raising money, ships to siege engines, medicine to the power of prayer, this vivid, surprising history shows holy war - and medieval society - in a new light.

The Triumph of Christianity Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Triumph of Christianity


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-10-25
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062098702

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The Triumph of Christianity Excerpt :

Celebrated religious and social historian Rodney Starktraces the extraordinary rise of Christianity through its most pivotal andcontroversial moments to offer fresh perspective on the history of the world’slargest religion. In The Triumph of Christianity, the author of God’sBattalions and The Rise of Christianity gathers and refines decadesof powerful research and discovery into one concentrated, concise, and highlyreadable volume that explores Christianity’s most crucial episodes. The uniqueformat of Triumph of Christianity allows Stark to avoid densechronologies and difficult back stories, bringing readers right to the heart ofChristian history’s most vital controversies and enduring lessons.

The Victory of Reason Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

The Victory of Reason


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588365002

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The Victory of Reason Excerpt :

Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West’s superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity’s commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense.In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium. In Stark’s view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and nonsecular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason: While the world’s other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and reason as the path toward enlightenment, freedom, and progress. That is what made all the difference.In explaining the West’s dominance, Stark convincingly debunks long-accepted “truths.” For instance, by contending that capitalism thrived centuries before there was a Protestant work ethic–or even Protestants–he counters the notion that the Protestant work ethic was responsible for kicking capitalism into overdrive. In the fifth century, Stark notes, Saint Augustine celebrated theological and material progress and the institution of “exuberant invention.” By contrast, long before Augustine, Aristotle had condemned commercial trade as “inconsistent with human virtue”–which helps further underscore that Augustine’s times were not the Dark Ages but the incubat

Battalion Banished Book

Battalion Banished


  • Author : Nancy Osa
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781634509992

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Battalion Banished Excerpt :

Rob and Frida’s Battalion Zero has vanquished Dr. Dirt, but Dirt’s accomplice, Lady Craven, has risen to power to finish what Dirt started: control of every biome boundary to rule the Overworld. The balance of day and night has shifted, and the mobs keep the villagers at bay, making them work ever harder during the day to replace what monsters destroy at night. Battalion Zero has suffered some losses and must regroup and recoup their resources and power.Rob, Frida, Jools, and Stormie are now outcasts who must search the most desolate spaces for plunder as they attempt to gather new recruits who share their cause. Once a legitimate rancher, Rob reluctantly turns to rustling to provide horses to trade and to mount his company of defenders. The four friends become ever bolder and more desperate in their nightly raids against the mobs, and soon they bolster their ranks with outlaws De Vries and Crash, two shape-shifters who might get close enough to Lady Craven’s inner circle to bring them down.But artifice and deception can go too far. As Battalion Zero adopts the enemy's tactics, their very humanity hangs in the balance. Now the only soul that Captain Rob can trust is his honest steed, Saber. Can the two lead their cavalry cohorts back to the side of justice in time to retake the Overworld? Will Rob be able to resume his journey home? Or will they all remain in Overworld orbit forever, banished to the Far Lands to live or die? Saddle up for the next daring advance by Rob and company, Defenders of the Overworld!Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publis

How the West Won Book
Score: 2.5
From 4 Ratings

How the West Won


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2014-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781497603257

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How the West Won Excerpt :

Finally the Truth about the Rise of the West Modernity developed only in the West—in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, Why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization. How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas—among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. Taking readers on a thrilling journey from ancient Greece to the present, Stark challenges much of the received wisdom about Western history. How the West Won shows, for example: · Why the fall of Rome was the single most beneficial event in the rise of Western civilization · Why the “Dark Ages” never happened · Why the Crusades had nothing to do with grabbing loot or attacking the Muslim world unprovoked · Why there was no “Scientific Revolution” · Why scholars’ recent efforts to dismiss the importance of battles are ridiculous: had the Greeks lost at the Battle of Marathon, we probably would never have heard of Plato or Aristotle Stark also debunks absurd fabrications that have flourished in the past few decades: that the Greeks stole their culture from Africa; that the West’s “discoveries” were copied from the Chinese and Muslims; that Europe became rich by plundering the non-Western world. At the same time, he reveals the woeful inadequacy of recent attempts to attribute the rise of the West to purely material causes—favorable climates, abundant natural resources, guns and steel. How the West Won displays Rodney Stark

Why The North Won The Civil War Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Why The North Won The Civil War


  • Author : David Herbert Donald
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 108
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786251985

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Why The North Won The Civil War Excerpt :

WHY THE SOUTH LOST What led to the downfall of the Confederacy? The distinguished professors of history represented in this volume examine the following crucial factors in the South’s defeat: ECONOMIC—RICHARD N. CURRENT of the University of Wisconsin attributes the victory of the North to fundamental economic superiority so great that the civilian resources of the South were dissipated under the conditions of war. MILITARY—T. HARRY WILLIAMS of Louisiana State University cites the deficiencies of Confederate strategy and military leadership, evaluating the influence on both sides of Baron Jomini, a 19th-century strategist who stressed position warfare and a rapid tactical offensive. DIPLOMATIC—NORMAN A. GRAERNER of the University of Illinois holds that the basic reason England and France decided not to intervene on the side of the South was simply that to have done so would have violated the general principle of non-intervention to which they were committed. SOCIAL—DAVID DONALD of Columbia University offers the intriguing thesis that an excess of Southern democracy killed the Confederacy. From the ordinary man in the ranks to Jefferson Davis himself, too much emphasis was placed on individual freedom and not enough on military discipline. POLITICAL—DAVID M. POTTER of Stanford University suggests that the deficiencies of President Davis as a civil and military leader turner the balance, and that the South suffered from the lack of a second well-organized political party to force its leadership into competence.

God Saw Them Through Book

God Saw Them Through


  • Author : Glenn Thomas
  • Publisher : Creation House
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 165
  • ISBN 10 : 1591857228

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God Saw Them Through Excerpt :

Step into the miraculous arena of battle as prayer warriors fight alongside their loved ones in Operation Iraqi Freedom. See how God answered prayer and provided what the troops of the 2nd. Battalion, 8th. Marines -- America's Battalion--needed to defeat the enemy in major operations at An-Nasiriyah, Ad-Diwaneyah, and Al-Kut.

Cities of God Book
Score: 4
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Cities of God


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061739972

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Cities of God Excerpt :

How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers? Who listened to this "good news," and who ignored it? Where did Christianity spread, and how? Based on quantitative data and the latest scholarship, preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church, overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the world. Drawing on both archaeological and historical evidence, Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence on the religious life of the Roman Empire to discover the following facts that set conventional history on its head: Contrary to fictions such as The Da Vinci Code and the claims of some prominent scholars, Gnosticism was not a more sophisticated, more authentic form of Christianity, but really an unsuccessful effort to paganize Christianity. Paul was called the apostle to the Gentiles, but mostly he converted Jews. Paganism was not rapidly stamped out by state repression following the vision and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD, but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of Christianity. The "oriental" faiths—such as those devoted to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of love and magic, and to Cybele, the fertility goddess of Asia Minor—actually prepared the way for the rapid spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire. Contrary to generations of historians, the Roman mystery cult of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith of the empire— it allowed no female members and attracted only soldiers. By analyzing concrete data, Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the earth's population.

For the Glory of God Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

For the Glory of God


  • Author : Rodney Stark
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-01-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400866809

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For the Glory of God Excerpt :

Rodney Stark's provocative new 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. With his usual clarity and skepticism toward the received wisdom, Stark finds the origins of these disparate phenomena within monotheistic religious organizations. Endemic in such organizations are pressures to maintain religious intensity, which lead to intense conflicts and schisms that have far-reaching social results. Along the way, Stark debunks many commonly accepted ideas. He interprets the sixteenth-century flowering of science not as a sudden revolution that burst religious barriers, but as the normal, gradual, and direct outgrowth of medieval theology. He also shows that the very ideas about God that sustained the rise of science led also to intense witch-hunting by otherwise clear-headed Europeans, including some celebrated scientists. This conception of God likewise yielded the Christian denunciation of slavery as an abomination--and some of the fiercest witch-hunters were devoted participants in successful abolitionist movements on both sides of the Atlantic. For the Glory of God is an engrossing narrative that accounts for the very different histories of the Christian and Muslim worlds. It fundamentally changes our understanding of religion's role in history and the forces behind much of what we point to as secular progress.

Thank God and the Infantry Book

Thank God and the Infantry


  • Author : John Lincoln
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009-03-15
  • Genre: World War, 1939-1945
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1848681690

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Thank God and the Infantry Excerpt :

Vivid eyewitness testimony of the part played in the final eleven months of World War Two by the'Poor Bloody Infantry'.

Ghost Battalion Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Ghost Battalion


  • Author : Bill Carr
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2009-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9780557219209

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Ghost Battalion Excerpt :

The 49th Engineer Combat Battalion is called the "Ghost Battalion" because so little is known about this fascinating unit in WWII and its contributions to history. The 49th landed on Utah Beach on D-day, clearing beach obstacles, mines, taking and holding key points, building bridges and rescuing Airborne soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. Follow this unit through major campaigns and battles including Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Huertgen Forest, Cherbourg, Cologne Plain and Ruhr Pocket. This is a true historical rendering of their story taken from actual unit journals, battle casualty reports, photos and maps.