This is an excerpt from a recent paper. I didn't post all of it because it refers to a document I reviewed and wouldn't make a lot of sense without it as well. And it's dry dry dry!
The thought occurred to me as I read about Christianity that it’s much like cookie dough. Anyone who has made cookies knows that the same basic ingredients are used for most types of cookies; flour, sugar and eggs. What makes each cookie unique are the additional ingredients added to the batter; things like nuts, fruits or chocolate chips. As mentioned above, each of the thousands of denominations agree on the same basic tenants, yet there are wide divisions between them. Perhaps it is fitting that a religion that hinges upon the belief in one man would then be fractured by the interpretations of other lone men throughout history.