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Sociologist Rodney Stark has estimated the growth in the number of professing Christians during the first three centuries AD.

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The ordination of Hilary of Poitiers from a 14th-century manuscript | image: Wiki

It went from roughly a few thousand around 40AD, comprising .0017% of the population – based on an estimated population of 60 million in the entire Roman Empire – to over 6,000,000 by 300AD, roughly 10.5% of the total population, assuming the size of the population remained fairly stable. Why did such growth take place?