Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.

— Rodney Stark

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Theology is in disrepute among most Western intellectuals.

The word is taken to mean a passe form of religious thinking that embraces irrationality and dogmatism. So too, Scholasticism.

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Not only were science and religion compatible, they were inseparable--th e rise of science was achieved by deeply religious Christian scholars.

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Many people who say they have no religion are simply saying they have no official religious affiliation. They may actually have strong personal beliefs.

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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.

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One thing about religious truths is that we have to take them on faith, and faith needs reassurance. What’s more reassuring than noticing that some other people, whom you admire, are so certain that it’s all true that they’re willing to go the ultimate mile?

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Evolution has primarily been an attack on religion by militant atheists who wrap themselves in the mantle of science in an effort to refute all religious claims concerning a creator - an effort that has also often attempted to suppress all scientific criticisms of Darwin's work.

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The success of the West, including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout Christians.

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America is an unusually religious nation.

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It seems that not being religious is a form of risk-taking, consistent with other patterns of short-sighted behaviour in men.

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The overwhelming majority of social scientists were irreligious or even anti-religious. This led them to believe that religion was a disappearing and unimportant factor in human affairs.

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... All questions concerning the rise of Christianity are one: How was it done? How did a tiny and obscure messianic movement from the edge of the Roman Empire dislodge classical paganism and become the dominant faith of Western civilization? Although this is the only question, it requires many answers - no one thing led to the triumph of Christianity.

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Far too long, historians have accepted the claim that the conversion of the Emperor Constantine (ca. 285-337) caused the triumph of Christianity. To the contrary, he destroyed its most attractive and dynamic aspects, turning a high-intensity, grassroots movement into an arrogant institution controlled by an elite who often managed to be both brutal and lax.

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About Rodney Stark

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Profession Professor
Birthday July 8, 1934

It can be demonstrated that in any society there is a distribution of religious tastes and concerns.

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[Some men are shortsighted, so] going to prison or going to hell just doesn't matter to these men.

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For one, thing, the media are dominated by the irreligious. So are universities.

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No other single innovation had so much impact on history.

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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.

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People value religion on the basis of cost, and they don't value the cheapest ones the most. Religions that ask nothing get nothing.

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It has been said of many modern Christian theologians that their primary aim is to find ways to express disbelief as belief.

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