How christianity managed to expand? A nightmare for every atheist to explain

Devdas

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Apr 2015
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Conversion of Constantine to Christianity was the biggest mile stone. Now, Christianity was under the patronage of one of the most powerful empires of the world. It helped Christianity to get hold on Europe, the rise of Europe power during colonialism helped Christianity in Americas, Africa and some parts of Asia.
 

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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An empire like Rome and a monotheistic state like Theodosius I imposed in 381 would seem to be a natural pairing so much so that I'm surprised the Roman Empire remained religiously diverse as long as it did. It was probably inevitable that one of the religions floating around the empire in the 2nd - 4th centuries was probably going to gain a monopolistic relationship with the Roman state and stamp out the other religions. An exclusive and proselytizing religion like Christianity had an advantage over any inclusive and/ or non-proselytizing religions. Inclusive religions tolerate other religions, and non-proselytizing religions usually remain small. Christianity triumphed because, unlike most other religions, it prioritized its own growth and did not tolerate competing religions.
 
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heavenlykaghan

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Mar 2012
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Early Christianity was in no ways the most popular faith in the world. It wasn't until the 19th century onward that it became the most popular, and yes that was through European imperialism and conquest, just like Islam.
 

VHS

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Dec 2015
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Early Christianity was in no ways the most popular faith in the world. It wasn't until the 19th century onward that it became the most popular, and yes that was through European imperialism and conquest, just like Islam.
Ironically, the very states that spread the Christian faith in the 19th century are increasingly non-religious; the most Christian continent today may be Sub-Saharan Africa.
Even Russia and much of the Eastern Europe, Eastern Orthodox Church was relatively more powerful in the decade after the collapse of the USSR than today.
Netherlands and the Czech Republic are the two least religious countries in Europe; UK and Canada have both formally scrapped their blasphemy laws.
 
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At Each Kilometer

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Sep 2012
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Ironically, the very states that spread the Christian faith in the 19th century are increasingly non-religious; the most Christian continent today may be Sub-Saharan Africa.
Even Russia and much of the Eastern Europe, Eastern Orthodox Church was relatively more powerful in the decade after the collapse of the USSR than today.
Netherlands and the Czech Republic are the two least religious countries in Europe; UK and Canada have both formally scrapped their blasphemy laws.
The information about the situation of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (plural) in the former second world is incorrect. Immediately after the collapse of the eastern block national orthodox churches were idd in pretty bad condition, population was brainwashed with Marxist materialism, but Orthodox Christianity have made a recovery, so now most would declare themselves Orthodox Christians. I presume situation is the same with the other christian denominations in the countries which were behind the iron curtain.
 

VHS

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Dec 2015
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The information about the situation of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (plural) in the former second world is incorrect. Immediately after the collapse of the eastern block national orthodox churches were idd in pretty bad condition, population was brainwashed with Marxist materialism, but Orthodox Christianity have made a recovery, so now most would declare themselves Orthodox Christians. I presume situation is the same with the other christian denominations in the countries which were behind the iron curtain.

Note the difference between 2001 and 2011 under the religions section, and even the wikipedia states it is noteworthy that more than one fifth chose no response in 2011.
The no response cannot simply be considered atheistic or agnostic, either.