Did Christianity spread through trade?

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Trade networks help move more than just goods; they also facilitate the spread of religions and philosophies. We call this cultural diffusion.

The Silk Roads were important in helping spread Christianity in the classical era. When Christianity was conceived in the Middle East, it was through peaceful trade that it spread to Europe and to populations throughout the Middle East, most notably the Nestorian Christians near the Black Sea. Christianity became the main religion of Rome, and once Rome fell in 476, to the Byzantines centered at Constantinople and throughout Western European groups.

Later, when the Silk Roads became less safe for trading, Christianity was effectively spread over oceanic trade routes. With the European Age of Exploration, most notably with the Spanish and Portuguese, Christianity spread to over continents. The Spanish helped spread Christianity to Central and South America as well as the Philippines. The Portuguese brought Christianity to their trading ports...

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