I like the whisky story. In a way, it's a very good analogy since Fred has just about nothing to do with what appear to be the God(s) of most people - to whom I suppose Fred would therefore be as disappointing as a non-alcoholic whisky to an alcoholic.

Terry: "even if Fred started it all off has he had any interest in us over the time of our evolution from apes?"

These are meaningless concepts in Fredism.

OK Terry, I'll stick my neck out and say it the way I see it:

Fredism is about ultimate purpose. What that purpose may be, not even the two heads of Zaphod Beeblebrox could have guessed. Nonetheless, there is the sense of ultimate purpose. Each and every one of the most fundamental units of matter/energy, each moment and every motion, are an essential aspect of the indivisible oneness of all that is, and of its purpose.

I can say only that I have faith in the purpose, and that the purpose is supremely wonderful beyond all imagining.

This is a personal faith, so call it what you like - purposism or something - it makes no difference, and it is independent of approval.

"Time is what prevents everything from happening at once" - John Wheeler