Featured speakers and panels for @BaylorIFL "Higher Learning" conference Oct. 27-29 https://t.co/bEtJvM4G9X
Former 'bloodiest prison in America' offers blueprint for Alabama prison crisis - Joshua Hays https://t.co/YjmQMq1Qlw
2 Million Dollars 1 Billion Souls | The Philanthropy Roundtable https://t.co/oil008UybK
watch George Marsden lecture at Baylor on #CSLewis and Mere Christianity https://t.co/ipCyATabyh
Christianity’s Lost World | Peter J. Leithart | First Things https://t.co/sotBao2oJ0
Halloween: More Christian than Pagan https://t.co/jxJgMvfczY @bethallisonbarr at the @anxious_bench
Anti-Catholics for president https://t.co/0IHUDQ3FYr Detroit News quotes Philip Jenkins
Timothy Shah lecture "Religious Liberty in India" Oct. 25 at #Baylor https://t.co/j3PBKK8HSj
"Eastern Orthodoxy’s Presence and Contributions to Modern America" - Alexei Krindatch lecture tomorrow at #Baylor https://t.co/nV3pBBIXaA
Now Kazakhstan Christians Can Prove Their Faith Isn't Foreign - @CTmagazine quotes Philip Jenkins https://t.co/FiPsO8xpVO

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.


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