Painful Memories for Surviving Branch Davidians 24 Years After Siege | NBC Bay Area interviews Gordon Melton https://t.co/hdzCgQAGG6
Does Religion Matter for Our Well-Being? Jeff Levin - Baylor ISR video https://t.co/NTGiIwBXwc
How Do Evangelicals Around the World Respond to Persecution? https://t.co/75DZ301vGH @TGC @CaesarsSword @joecarter
A century-old Indonesian organization cultivates an adaptable Islam | Paul Marshall, The Weekly Standard https://t.co/NXAaVtqbSQ
Rodney Stark's new book is Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena https://t.co/TovnvKPdsH @TempletonPress
Dispatches from Baylor: Let Women Lead | @bethallisonbarr @CTmagazine https://t.co/kRz5GoPTMq
People Like Us https://t.co/zCct8HSn5T Philip Jenkins, @anxious_bench
Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt @Crux @JohnLAllenJr https://t.co/Qum7UPCVRn #PopeFrancis
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga has won the 2017 @TempletonPrize. Read more: https://t.co/pIW2qwX0KR @templeton_fdn
Commission IDs Russia, others as religious persecutors - @WORLD_mag https://t.co/KsPwIMOMqN

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 39 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, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Education

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