Christianity spread faster in small, politically structures societies

Nature Human Behaviour Vol/Iss. 2 Nature Published In Pages: 559-564
By Watts, Joseph, Sheehan, Oliver, Bulbulia, Joseph, Gray, Russell D. , Atkinson, Quentin D.


As predicted by top-down theories of conversion, Austronesian cultures with greater political organization will be faster to convert to Christianity than those with less political organization.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
bivariate PGLS-spatial analysesNot Supportedp = 0.190UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Political ComplexityIndependentTerritorial Organization
Conversion to Christianity DependentMissions