Conversion is the process of an individual or a group changing religious allegiance from one faith or community to another or from no particular religious affiliation to one with an identifiable name and organization. It is the major way in which religious traditions around the world have expanded beyond their initial communities of origin, though the forms of conversion and its effectiveness are often contested subjects. This entry begins with some background statistics of global world religions competing for converts. Next, it presents an analysis of conversion models and relates these to globalization, the nation-state, the religious organization, and the converting subject, ending with some general conclusions.

Global World Religions Competing for Converts

The 15 main global religions competing for converts worldwide are presented in Table 1. ...

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