Some resourceful folks over at the Spread of the Gospel have reconstructed the historical transmission of Christianity as a religion, from its initial beginnings in Judea (1st century AD), the eastern client state of the Roman Empire to the distant lands of the Americas, courtesy of the Spanish and Portuguese missionaries (17th century AD). And the subject matter may be controversial to some; if viewed from the objective lens of history, the map does represent a momentous movement that undoubtedly altered various political and social structures from around the world, namely reflected by the Western European states and their emergence from the proverbial ‘Dark Ages’ in the 8th century AD.
According to the creators’ own words –
The Spread of the Gospel Map is a powerful visual depiction of the most important movement in history: the spread of Christianity. Charting the geographic progress of the Gospel over the last 2,000 years, this map shows the missionary journeys of the apostles, the outposts of the early church, the hotbeds of persecution, the staging grounds of the Church’s major theological battles, and more.
And in case one is further interested, the team has also created –
….a beautiful full-color chart featuring two different maps, a 2,000-year timeline with crucial dates in Christian history to put it all in linear perspective, and 12 sidebars describing the history of the Church across different continents and eras. White lines show the reach of the Church in every century, and markers pinpoint the locations of key missionaries.