I think it's time to call religious beliefs what they are; theories. Just as Christians continually harp on the fact that evolution is "just a theory", without any real understanding of the term, I think we should start referring to their beliefs as simply a theory. Yes, I know that religious beliefs are not even close to a scientific theory; they are more like a simple hypothesis at this time, but let's just use the term in the way that the theists insist on using it.
Please not that this term applies to all religions. We have the theory of Islam, the theory of Mormon, the theory of Hinduism, etc. Let's start with the theory of Christianity though.
Theories are theories until there is proof to believe otherwise, and Christians seem to believe that if ANY part of the theory can be proven false, then the entire theory is false. We can use that guideline as well (even though it is a false assumption).
So what is the theory of Christianity. Simply stated, it would be that the theory explains the existence of the universe, the creation of life, and man's place in the universe; before and after death. That's quite a lot; much more than the theory of evolution proclaims. This theory of Christianity has some base premises that it proclaims as true. These include:
That's basically it. All the other premises come directly from the Bible itself, such as:
There is a long long list of these premises. If we can prove ANY of these as false, then the theory of Christianity is also false and must be thrown out, lock, stock, and barrel, and replaced with the ONLY other possible option, which is that god doesn't exist. That puts the theory of Christianity on very shaky ground now doesn't it.
I wonder what others think about this. Let me know.