You have a point there. Though speaking of conversion and the balance of world power, I have never really understood the underlying need to get as many people to your side of the belief divide as possible. Religion has never really united once its tipped over a critical mass. Every war in the name of religion has more earthly motivators as the bedrock. And being of the same religion has never stopped one man from waging war on another. No empire was ever built by a heterogeneous mono-religious entity. The most powerful unifier for mankind has always been language at the most primitive level. The need to communicate to another human. Of understanding and being understood.
One thing I've often looked at though, in matters of Rome and what was to become a Christian influenced empire is that it was much easier to spread than non-monotheist religions. There were no Gods, just one and one church to explain it such. Good and evil were not complicated, the Gods of old were usually impartial to morality, but this was a God that defined right and wrong. Judaism of course had this God for a great deal of years but they had it in such complicated terms that for the average person, was not really, and I hate to use this term, 'commercial'.
Which kind of bolsters my previous theory. What we see is not a clash of religions, but a clash of socio-geographical cultures. The history of the two great wars is also a fascinating transition and evolution of on the one hand the internal power struggle for leadership of the Western (Christian) world in Europe and on the other the supremacy of the Western Christian world over Asia, with the next half century again moving from Christian on Christian clashes to Western on Asian (military and economic). I do not doubt that a war between America and Europe on the one hand and Asian powers on the other is going to come. Probably within my own lifetime.
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