RELIGION: Religious propagation by force

James Rogers (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 00:55:53 -0800

Here is another question I have been unable to answer through my own
experience, so maybe someone on the list can give me insight.

Many religions have been propagated through force of the sword. In many
cases this proved to be an effective technique. If religion is such a
profoundly intertwined aspect of a person's being, how were so many
countries and regions "converted" permanently and effectively simply by
force, even if occupation was relatively transient? This seems to be
inconsistent with the supposed nature of religion.


-James Rogers