Nicely put, Drew. Interestingly enough I would say participating in Shinto, which came about accidentally through an interest in Aikido, has brought me closer to Christianity. Suffice it to say I've been very very critical of Christianity in the past.
Well, someone else was, too. He came around -- complete with the golden light and all, as it happens. Acts 17:21-28; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Titus 1:15.
A great perspective on the Zoka Sanshin