Open main menu

Proselytism

attempting to convert others to a religion
English Wiktionary
The English Wiktionary has a dictionary definition (meanings of a word) for: proselytism

Proselytism is the practice of attempting to convert people to another opinion and, particularly, another religion.

The word proselytism comes from the Greek language prefix 'pros' (towards) and the verb 'erchomai' (I come). Historically in the New Testament, the word proselyte meant a person who had converted to the Jewish religion. Though the word proselytism was originally used in Christianity, it is also used to refer to other religions' attempts to convert people to their beliefs or even any attempt to convert people to another point of view, religious or not. Today, the connotations of the word proselytism are often negative.

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • C. Davis (1996). "Joining a Cult: Religious Choice or Psychological Aberration?". Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health 11. http://www.religioustolerance.org/cult_art.htm. 
  • "Russian Canonical Territory".
  • "Human Rights Without Frontiers Int". European Court Final Judgments on Religious Freedom Issues 1964-2001.

Other websitesEdit