A little more salt...
I think that Alan Wolfe may have missed the big story implicit in the fact that such a book as this one by Rodney Stark is being written by a Baylor University professor.
Why do I say that?
Because it means that the Protestant Reformation is finally over.
Okay, I'm exaggerating. But listen to what I mean. Back in the late 70s, when I was an undergraduate at Baylor, the place still had something of the rank oder of anti-Catholicism about it. To be sure, Baylor was changing with the times, but it was distinctively Southern Baptist and assertively Protestant.
What do we now see? That a man who coulld write The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success holds a distinguished position at Baylor as a special "University Professor."
So, why is this significant? Because the book -- so far as I can judge from having read about it -- could easily have been titled The Victory of Reason: How Catholicism Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.
This signifies an enormous turnaround among Protestants, especially Evangelicals (who happen to be the Prostestant church's future). They are embracing the history of the pre-Reformation Western Church where they used to denigrate it as an age of corrupt Catholic obscurantism, darkness, and oppression. This doesn't mean that they'll all be converting to Catholicism (though some are), but it does mean more cooperation of the kind that we see in groups such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together.
That is the big story.