In Futurama there are a series of religions, the most diverse being the robot faith. The reason for that is because Religions of Earth joined into one religion.

Why and when did the Religions combine into one Religion?

There are differences in today's religions, so how can they form the First Amalgamated Church without having any problems?

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    Maybe they realised that, similar to M-Theory, the same thing can appear with many different shapes but really is still the same? – bitmask Jun 18 '12 at 15:33

As noted in the episode "When Aliens Attack", a major religious event occurred in 2443: The second coming of Jesus!

That was probably quite the game-changer, spiritually speaking. Jesus himself was Jewish, is the savior of the Christian faith, and is a prophet of Islam. That puts him in a key position to be able to unite these varied religions into a cohesive (albeit more vague) belief system, even as he was apparently declaring war on Earth's long-since-outdated VHS collections. It seems like a reasonable conjecture that the First Amalgamated Church is what arose from the ashes of all that magnetic tape.

Incidentally, it appears Catholicism didn't join them, they just moved to space instead.

  • And was probably based on Siddartha (The Buddha). – DampeS8N Jun 19 '12 at 20:50

One possible explanation (besides my not-so-serious remark in the comment above), could be the rising pressure from the Church of Trek which attracted more and more believers, possibly drawing members from the more traditional religions, such as

Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as well as agnosticism [theinfosphere.org]

Such that they decided to unite. If this theory is true, that would mean, the First Amalgamated Church formed somewhere in the 23rd century.

  • Would that mean that Father Changestein El-Gamal changed his name to that? – DampeS8N Jun 19 '12 at 20:49
  • @DampeS8N: I don't get your question. If my theory applies, it's safe to assume the Church existed in its current form, way before he was born. – bitmask Jun 19 '12 at 20:51
  • @bitmask But nobody else has a name like that. I assumed it implied that he created the religion. And named it similar to himself. – DampeS8N Jun 19 '12 at 20:58

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