Dan Brown (Angels & Demons)
Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.
The last sentence is problematic, but I think he's on the right track here.
David Eller (Atheism Advanced)
The very idea of language must be acquired. In this sense, religion is like language. No particular language is innate, although all humans normally do acquire one and have a capacity (some say an instinct) to acquire one. . . . Which actual language a human acquires depends on his or her social environment.
A person acquires a particular language simply by and because of being raised among others who already speak it; generally, people speak whatever language is spoken around them. . . . no speakers of a particular language would ever claim that their language is "true." The very notion that, for instance, English is true while Spanish is false is nonsensical.
I'm not sure, but I suspect the Abrahamic religions are fairly unique with their claim of being the one true religion. Anyway, I found the above quote in a blog by a former fundy:
He goes on to list some points of comparison and of contrast.
Anyway. I think the approach is useful. We are sort of hard-wired to acquire language, and perhaps the same is true of religion. Language-learning is innate and allows us to be part of a group of peers; I suggest that religion-learning is an innate expression of spirituality that allows us to be part of a group-mind. But I'm just a crazy pagan lovin' this harsh and wonderful planet.