Hmm, like thanking god that a relative survives an operation, rather than thanking the surgeon.
It's a bit similar to ancient egypt, if you exchange the pharoah for a pope. x3 and yes unfortunately the temptation of a reward can distract people from the means by which they achieve it, which is ironic because christianity's doctrines say that temptation is bad. I think routine is pretty crucial too, even when I stopped being religious I still prayed regularly for a few months eventhough I knew nobody was there, I suppose because I had become used to the routine.
Speaking of watch maker arguments and first causes, it's so much fun when 'chicken and egg' comes up; if somebody says 'the chicken came first because god made it', it's good sport to say 'yes I agree, but the egg came first because god hatched from an egg' ;3 it really gets some people irrate.
Do you draw?