Why has Christianity piggy backed empires?
Here's a line of thought I have held for some time. It seem to me that Christianity has spread around the world due to it's infusion with empires and conquerors. It's like the armies show up first, whoop all ass, then priest file in behind them and teach Christianity. The two seem to coexist pretty well throughout history. Even the principle of separation of church and state seem to be born out of this coexistence. Maybe there are several historical example I have missed out on, which show Christians standing up and holding their local conquest seekers in check. The whole relationship just seems like hypocrisy to me.
So, it's starts off with the Jews. However, they turn out to be pretty lousy conquers as soon as they face a large empire. So, the Jews change teams to make Christians. The Christians get in with the Romans and the big conquests get underway. I guess you get a little break, till Medieval Europe. So you end up with pretty much all of Europe. Then the empires hit the ocean. Now you've got colonialism which defeats North America, South America, Africa, and Australia. The only people of the world able to hold their own have been Asia and the Middle East.
As a whole it just seems like the "ungodly" did as they pleased conquering the world and the "righteous" just rode their coat tail, cosigned their actions and reaped all the benefits.
How do you see this relationship between conquers and the spread of Christianity? Obviously it worked, but do the ends justify the means?
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