Is it too late to go back to an improved neoplatonist ideology? Do we really have to have Christianity or Islam? It has been recently shown that even one brain cell can have an impact if stimulated. Supposing they are actually 'little minds' and that consciousness comes out of their emergent co-operation? Okay - you'll dismiss this as manipulation for the sake of argument - but I've often thought the brain might be a radio - picking up the neoplatonist concepts of truth, beauty, form and existence from a higher reality. If each brain cell could do this then you'd have a hologram brain. It would mean that Julian was right to try and save neoplatonism, that Gore Vidal was right to be concerned about the anvil-like nature of Christian instruction, in which all other beliefs are false. It would mean that the soul was 'out there' and we with our co-operating brain cells, could pick this up. My idea says nothing about life after death, or any god, but just requests that we seek a possibly deeper truth about the way the universe works - perhaps already perceived by early minds who did not have to put up with all the enforced rubbish we have to put up with.
It a nutshell, can we not just go back to form and feeling and let ourselves be humans who respect each other instead of tribes of nitpicking dogmatists. Since a camel cannot go through the eye of a needle then plainly no-one is going to heaven. We probably need to make our heaven down here - or breed microscopic camels. If we all love each other then the former will be slightly easier than the latter.