I really had a lot of fun with an interview I did with Alex Bledsoe today. We talked about how to use real religions in your story without becoming sanctimonious, the Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypa, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Wayne Barlowe, and how all these things came together to make Miserere what it is.
The version of Christianity that I present on Woerld is gleaned not just from Biblical sources, but also from the Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypa. I wanted to see what Christianity might have been like before the Schism of 1054 when Rome split from the Byzantine Church. I approached all the religions on Woerld strictly from a scholarly angle at first, then I eased the spiritual elements inherent to the practices of the religion into the story.