The enlightenment hypothesis proposes that the mystical and compassionate aspect of all major religions is based on the same fundamental experience, and that all major religions have at their core some instructions on how to live based on this experience. Therefore, by studying and comparing different religions on this dimension we can gain a clearer idea about this experience, which I refer to as enlightenment. From a scientific point of view, if there is anything real about religion, it must arise from being human and not from a particular cultural/historical/metaphysical point of view. In this blog I search for this truth in Buddhism and Christianity. Comparing more religions would be great but religions are complex and it is hard enough to learn about one, let alone two. However, according to this hypothesis, interpretations that lead to agreement between religions are more likely to be right. Therefore, this approach (if you believe in it) can provide insights that might not be so clear without making the comparisons.