Um, if it's alright with you, I wrote a tangent last night and then edited it and then it became a bit of a tangent and now it kind of doesn't fit. So, I'm kind of thinking of cleaning it up, getting some quotations, and making a thread out of it. If I finish it, and if you want, I can give you a shout out so you know when it's posted?
In the mean time, have you ever heard of a man named Wilfred Cantwell Smith? He wrote a book called The Meaning and End of Religion in which he argues a lot of things. I can’t speak to it personally, as it’s on my reading list and I'm trying to get a copy of it, but from what I’ve heard of him and the book, it sounds like he has some interesting things to say, and I think he might approach the subject from some angles you'd appreciate.