I don’t believe that any religious teachings are ever composed from complete scratch. I believe they are always built upon pre-existing cultural assumptions about reality and ethical values. The reason I believe this is that people who study religions formally find relics in today’s religions that are identical to practices, rituals, beliefs, and/or customs of preceding religions and the cultures in which they existed. Invariably, these older practices, rituals, beliefs, and/or customs always fit neatly into the context of the geography, culture and history in which the old religion existed. For example, there is more similarity between Western Christianity and the old Norse Religions than between Western Christianity and the traditional religions of the South Pacific Islands. This is not surprising when we consider that Northwestern Europe is the cradle of Western Christianity.