>If Christianity is dumb as many Atheists think, how did it succeed to be so widespread?
Because people in general are also as dumb as many atheists think.
More seriously, there were a number of factors that contributed to the unprecedented spread of christianity. To begin with, christianity was actually a very progressive religion for its time. Surrounded on all sides by primitive pagan beliefs about ancient god-kings and animal spirits and naked muscle-men holding up the sky and so on, christianity offered a much simpler, more abstract, more straightforward belief system. I mean, consider, which would you rather hear out of the following:
1. 'The world was founded by the four great kings, who split the lands between them and fought a century-long war, before becoming the respective kings of the sky, the Earth, the sea and the underworld. After them came a great hero, Uclaeus, who fought the wicked five-headed demascea and freed the people of Artrubius from seven hundred years of torment, and so now everyone who dies goes to Vaenedeon and sleeps with the world beast for ten thousand years, when the world will come to an end in a rain of fire and ice.'
2. 'The trees and the land are home to the pogowoogklee, the ancient spirits that guide man and punish the wicked. Every year, we have to burn a deer carcass while pouring a mixture of egg whites and pear juice on our heads and praying to Stugwoglogarr for a good hunting season. Once, a boy called Bulg'burropk failed to pray, and Stugwoglogarr sent the great bear demon Shuzlroggarog down to Earth, and Shuzlroggarog tore open the boy's chest and took out his heart and planted it, and that was where the first lemon tree grew.'
3. 'Jesus loves you, all you have to do is say you're sorry to him and then you get to go to Heaven and be with him for all eternity.'
See what I mean? Christianity was something people could relate to and understand. It was simple, all you had to do was be sorry, and not do these certain things listed somewhere, and you were home free. Everything was going to be made perfect at the end of the world, and everyone who was nice would be rewarded and the evil people would be punished. It was something people LIKED to believe. It gave them a kind of hope that the pagan religions seldom did, while carefully removing the rewards it offered from the confines of the physical universe so that no one could convince themselves it was false purely through not being rich and happy during their mortal lives. Christianity appealed to people, a lot, and so it spread very quickly.
The second big factor was the age of exploration. Europe was the main stronghold of christianity in the world up until the 16th century. At this point, various european countries (England, France, Spain, Portugal and others) began sending out colonization fleets all around the world. They subdued the native populations across vast stretches of territory, and founded new colonies which, with their abundance of resources and their strong military and economic support from their founding countries, grew very quickly. As a result, christianity became the main religion in many different areas of the world, and gained tremendous strength.
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