5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds

I’m a sucker for maps, and this is one of my favorites.  It charts the rise and fall of world religions over the past 5,000 years.  It’s striking to me how relatively late it was that Christianity truly spread throughout the world.



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  • http://www.patheos.com/community/thevalueofsaintliness Syphax

    Interesting how it uses the term “conquest” when Islam moved into Spain and Turkey (which I think is accurate), but when Christianity moved into South America it was “expanding.” Seems to me that conquest more accurately describes how the Spaniards introduced Christianity to the New World.

  • John

    Right you are Syphax. Just don’t forget to include the “puritans” as well. Maybe for a few years we can think of the “expansion” of Christianity in North America. However, it did not take long before it was full bore conquest of peoples, their lands and culture, followed by full bore conquest of Africans, who then become slaves throughout the Americas. Not sure what color should be used on much of that map.

  • Ang Zhou

    Interesting to think about why God stopped disciples from going to Asia. Also, since AD Buddhism & Christianity started to grow fast almost at the same time.