Why do you guys suppose Christianity became sortof the "dominate religion" in the western world? If you are a christian I suppose you could just say "because it's the correct one", but I'm more interested in the viewpoints of non-christians or atheists. They say that there were several religions in the time floating around, some of which were very similar to Christianity. So why did Christianity in particular rise to the top? Why not, say, the Cult of Mithra or some other religion of the time? It would be nice to have some specific reasons not just general statements and the standard anti-religious stuff we see in any thread relating to religion (and even in non-religion threads). Could it have just been a fairly random chance that brought Christianity to the top? They say that a whole lot of fads start this way. I'm not saying Christianity is a fad or anything but you get my drift. What was so appealing about Jesus's story that made it acceptable to so many?