I think a lot of people disregard religion as useless, and it certainly can be, but I've started taking the Crusade belief (+10 combat strength near cities following your religion) and it is extremely powerful. While Teddy only gets +5 combat strength on his own continent, if you have a strong faith game, you can send apostles with any army you have to convert a city before waging war... This bonus is huge. Add in the Wars of Religion civic belief which gives +4 combat strength against units following a different religion and you have a massive +14 combat strength bonus against anyone you fight. From there on its simply too easy. Anyone else been dominating using this strategy?