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Christianity spread faster in small, politically structured societies

Watts, Joseph; Sheehan, Oliver; Bulbulia, Joseph; Gray, Russell; Atkinson, Quentin D.


Over the past 2,000 years, Christianity has grown from a tiny Judaic sect to the world’s largest religious family1. Historians and social scientists have long debated whether Christianity spread through a top-down process driven by political leaders or a bottom-up process that empowered social underclasses2–6. The Christianization of Austronesian populations is well-documented across societies with a diverse range of social and demographic conditions7. Here, we use this context to test whether...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Human Behaviour
DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0379-3


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