accept, adopt, convert to, embrace, follow, turn to ~ He converted to Judaism when he got married. people who follow Hinduism

abandon, reject ~ He rejected Christianity and became a Buddhist.

~ spread Islam spread rapidly through North Africa.

~ preaches, proclaims, teaches sth Christianity preaches that sinners can be forgiven.

a follower of ~ followers of Sikhism

the rise/spread of ~ the rise of Christianity in the first century

the teachings/tenets of ~ the basic tenets of Buddhism