I believe we are bashing the AI a little bit too hard here. I think it works fine for the religious victory as well as the culture victory. domination and science game is weak , i agree but it is good at building stuff ( exception being the ridicolous wonders in cities that dont benefit at all ) . Also they ally themselves against warmongers although since they are weak at army control ( domination game ) this aspect doesnt benefit them. overall the bad domination game/army control hurts a lot since there is no penalty for going wide and a lot of incentives the AI falls behind the longer the game continues. Hopefully if they or the modders can get that part just a little bit better the game would become a lot more challenging. To repeat, what a lot of people are saying, is the community here in these forums are part of the 5% that can win at higher than prince difficult might cause all this bashing.