Whew! what a relief. I though you were going to launch into a treaties on Church real estate. Perhaps in another thread?
I would say as a first chip on the table that ALLness is the sole/soul prerequisite. The Universe, this, any, or all of them, then is not a Creation apart from God, but God appearing, as Creation, to discover Allness experientially. Such a proposition might eliminate the bickering about creationism and ID nonsense. It is also utterly elegant and Self sustaining. It then allows the idea of us being made in the image and likeness of God, and the exploration thereof, to be the fulfillment of Know ThySelf. this makes for a salvific picture that bypasses all of the silliness of necessitating a single Saviour for all mankind, not to mention whoever else is out there, because then they are already in the same hierarchy of self knowledge we are. That way we don’t have to have Jesus re-incarnating on other planets, or multiples of Jesus, etc. It is simply the most elegant solution. Think of all the inter/intra-faith bickering that could be bypassed!