p. 383. The spread of Christianity
- Linda Woodhead
‘The spread of Christianity’ charts Christianity’s growth and spread, from being a tiny movement within a Jewish context to being the world’s largest religion with a global presence. How did Eastern Christianity develop differently from Western Christendom? Christianity’s growth was not smooth and uniform. It was most successful when in alliance with political powers, and least successful where other religions, such as Islam, were well established and it faced unfriendly political forces. Christianity has suffered repeated setbacks and retreats and at no time has it acted as a unified force. From the very start it has been internally divided, and it remains so.