25 Jul 2018

How Christianity spread rapidly across the Pacific.

From , 3:00 pm on 25 July 2018

Christianity's spread across the Pacific was enforced from the top-down, rather than the result of some kind of social movement.

The finding is in just-published research in the journal Nature Science Communications, which studied 70 Austronesian cultures across the Pacific.

Its five authors wanted to know how Christianity grew from a tiny sect to one of the largest religions in the world, and how it spread so rapidly in this region.

One of the authors, Auckland University's Professor Quentin Atkinson, told Jamie Tahana that with recent - and well documented - conversions, the Pacific was a good place to study.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller