@ShiaMan14 This is absolutely true. Profit is definitely used as a motive to entice prospective converts. In a modern capitalist economy private interests have more resources than the public state and are better placed to engage in bribery-as-“proselytisation.” So institutional religion in, say, Iran is less able to compete with the myriad private interests that promote conversion to rival faiths. But this ultimately goes back to the point that I raised in my initial post: that the modern c