It certainly influenced the films’ producers.
But I should stress that others know a lot more about it than me. I can see the basic idea, of an ‘evil’ and materialistic demiurge – demon, god, Architect? – creating an ‘evil world’ thats got humanity trapped, and its logical counterpart, of a non material ‘good’ being trying to help us by teaching us how to overcome this – the Oracle and Neo, possibly — and free ourselves.
Certainly I’ve found myself praying, in times of trouble: but whatever higher power’s up there, I could never say for sure, nor do I believe I’ve a right to dictate to you about it.
For one thing, if Neo is The One, then Agent Smith is definitely The Other One. Which possibly puts Laurence Fishburne as a cyberpunk John the Baptist. Where that puts Carrie-Anne Moss’ character, considering we were watching “The DaVinci Code”, a few weeks ago …