I think that this sub-thread is lacking in a discussion on the historical aspects of the current world religions. I for one find the development of religions fascinating. To start the whole thing off: I propose the following: Judaism and hence Christianity and Islam are an outgrowth of the Pharao Akhenaten's attempts to impose a 'one god' (the solar disc- the Aten) religion in Egypt c. 1300 BC. Moses and the Hebrews were simply refugees from the post-Akhenaten persecutions which sought to return Egypt to the polytheistic past that they were used to. Also anyone interested in the early development of Christianity. Anyone heard of Mithraism (the Light) and its potential as a founding influence on Christianity.