I would like to respond from a different perspective - that of a social historian.
I will make this reply brief, and perhaps come back with a more informed reply tomorrow (late here in South Africa).
The fact is that humankind has persistently sought, for whatever reason, for faith in a higher being. This has been a constant aspect of human behaviour since humanoids evolved. Part of this intuitive behaviour is probably sited in the ancient part of the brain called the hippocampus.
As communities, cultures and civilisations evolved, each - almost without exception - developed what is called a creation myth, or a story about where they came from, how they got there, and who or what was responsible for it all. There was generally a central figure in the creation myth, often with acolytes (in the case of Hinduism, very many).
The creation myth usually incorporated the beliefs, values, behavioural systems of the culture or community, and reflected its ideas of ‘correct’ relationships between individuals.
In many cases, such creation myths, combined with the value system evolved into religions, became ‘real’ and current, and tended to form the community instead of being formed by it.
In the case of Christianity and Judaism, the first six books of the Old Testament are in fact a statement of the creation myths of the Semites and others in that region.
And so a religion evolves; and so people become religious; and so here we are - believers or non-believers.
The fact is also that we must remember that all great religions rise and fall, unless they grow, shift, adjust to reflect changes in the founding civilisation and subsequent adherents.
Is that different enough for you? I find elements of this factual paradigm persuasive, as a quester myself.