Thanks for your thoughts on this matter. Of course, my perception of this phenomenon is colored by other fiction that I've read that discusses changes in a world caused by an event (i.e., Eternity Inc. by Asimov, or the "Sliders" TV show of a few years ago).
Still, it seems that even if the differences between worlds are minimal, if there IS a difference, the worlds ARE different. Between 29 and 1014, the simple fact that the Sanhedrin almost completely converted and accepted Jesus as the Messiah, due to their viewing of the events of Christ's death and resurrection from Tirdia, would have resulted in a dramatically different earth. No persecution by the Jewish leaders, presumably no martyrdom of Stephen (at least not in Jerusalem), a different spread of the Gospel than is recorded in Acts (which is why the book is named differently there), etc, etc.
Even if many historical events are not significantly
changed until 1014, events are definitely different if even one
person dies or lives.
>> One decision triggers the start of a nexus, but in at least some cases,
>> several more decisions take place before the thing completes and the
>> worlds completely divide
But a world that is not the same any longer it seems should be
a different (divided) world. For example: in the American Civil War, General Grant choses to move his troups to this location instead of that location, and the outcome in case A is a decisive victory that brings the Civil War to a conclusion (Lee surrenders), in case B the battle is a draw and it delays the end of the war (but does not change the North being the victor), and in Case C it results in a defeat for Grant, a regrouping of the South, and ulitmately a defeat of the North and the full formation of the Confederate States of America. In all three situations it would seem that a new world could, potentially, be formed.
I can understand that it takes a really significant
decision and outcome for an actual dividing of worlds to occur, in the way the Interregnum series is written. You don't get a new world just because I decided to leave for work five minutes later than usual (although that decision could have far-reaching consequences, if that delay resulted in avoiding an auto accident that would have otherwise occurred). But it would seem that the worlds MUST have split when Pilate did not wash his hands of Jesus on Hibernia, even if the face of the world was not greatly
different until 1014.
Does your previous answer reflect only what the characters in the books understand about the Nexus phenemenon? Is there still a more complete and correct answer that even the Metans don't understand, but God (who created it and knows every tiny detail of it) does
Or am I asking things that willl be better revealed in Books 4, 5 and/or 6, and I should just be patient for this revelation?