How did the obscure, marginal, Jesus movement become the dominant religious force in the Western world in a few centuries? That is the subtitle of Rodney Stark’s The Rise of Christianity, a book that explores a number of key factors—one of which is plagues. Indeed, to understand the rise of this “obscure, marginal Jesus movement,” we need to understand its remarkable response to plagues.
Glen Scrivener. The Gospel Coalition. 16 March 2020