It seems to me that there was a lot more tolerance for different religions when there were more polythiest in the world. It was only when we began to conceive of god as one man that we began wars over who's god is better. My buddhist friends like to say that man evolved in thinking from a world of many gods, to one god, and now to a force, that we are all a part of, we are god, it is primitive to see god and someone that gets involved in human affairs, as all life in the universe make up god, we must evolve our conception of god, or Brahman.
4.2-scale earthquake felt in Dead Sea, Jerusalem area (Haaretz)
from the article: Chosen people complex