Christianity. Islam. Judaism. Buddhism. Hinduism. All the major religions have basically competed with each other in an epic, historical game of Risk. Who can gain the most converts? Which religion is the most right at being right? Who has the most color on the board? Those who start strong early can flame out, others can try to stay steady while Christianity ends up painting the entire world after establishing key holding grounds.

This time lapse by Maps of War is a fascinating look at how the world has been imprinted with different faiths. The map slows down for key moments like the birth of religious figures, the sacking of Jerusalem, The Crusades and so forth to show you how the winners of war and the death of certain men can influence what God people pray to.


From 3000BC to now, it shows 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds.