Hello everyone! I'm not an expert in any particular faith, but a long time ago, when I was religion-hopping, I noticed a common pattern among the world religions. Please note that I use the term, "world religion", loosely. To illustrate my point, I'm dividing the life of a religion into three phases: early days, middle days, and last days. In the early days, a religion tends to be pluralistic (accepting of other faiths), simplistic (not wreathed in traditions), persecuted (oppressed by larger and older faiths), small (low number of adherents), and in sync with modern life (relatively in harmony with science and social conventions). In the middle days, to the contrary, it tends to become exclusivistic, traditionalistic, oppressive, large, and out of sync with modern life. This is in relative to it's early days. Finally, in the last days, it loses many of its adherents (small) and seeks to return of the ways of its early days and hence, it sheds its obsolete views of other faiths (pluralistic) and many of its traditions (simplistic) in order to become once again, in sync with science and social conventions. And being small, it becomes a larger target of prejudice and intolerance. Just a thought.