2015 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture "The Spirit of Sports" @BaylorIFL Nov. 5-7 - schedule here http://t.co/wWrj5guMWG
.@OsGuinness: A naked public square doesn't do justice to pluralism. A civil public square w #religiousfreedom is the answer @RFPGeorgetown
rt @fbeckwith New book by NT Wright from Baylor University Press - The Paul Debate http://t.co/2r352Bzvt1 @Baylor_Press
The Crisis in International Religious Freedom | #Baylor's David D. Corey | @firstthingsmag http://t.co/EQQj7sgjPy
Assisted Suicide and “Reasonable Medical Judgment” - #Baylor's @ayjay http://t.co/4d2BUhpSA7
Nov. 6 - ISR hosts #Baylor event on Pompeii and Early Christianity http://t.co/WsmO00XneB
Religious Freedom in the US Military http://t.co/rYZW8PkZpL @RFPGeorgetown
The Measure of a Woman: Donald Trump and St. Margaret’s Dragon http://t.co/9i8rljfTfD @bethallisonbarr at the Anxious Bench blog
W. SCOTT LAMB: Ronald Reagan, a Presbyterian pastor and a high school senior's project - Washington Times http://t.co/MIWZNCqPRx @RoRcast
Searching for the Political Messiah http://t.co/8B4rxWSEsr Thomas Kidd at the Anxious bench blog @PatheosEvang

Rodney Stark

Co-Director, Institute for Studies of Religion
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences

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Rodney Stark grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and began his career as a newspaper reporter. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he held appointments as a research sociologist at the Survey Research Center and at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He left Berkeley to become Professor of Sociology and of Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. In 2004 he joined the faculty of Baylor University. He has published 38 books and more than 150 scholarly articles on subjects as diverse as prejudice, crime, suicide, and city life in ancient Rome. However, the greater part of his work has been on religion. He is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He also has won a number of national and international awards for distinguished scholarship. Many of his books and articles have been translated and published in foreign languages, including Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish.


  • B.A. University of Denver, 1959, Journalism.
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1965, Sociology.
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1971, Sociology.