To some people, religion is like an answer to a math problem. There is one right answer among many wrong answers, but some wrong answers are closer to the right one. For other people, religion is more like a language. There are many languages, and all of them describe the life we live, only they do so with different sounds and syntax.
Blaise Pascal, a mathematician, was thinking of religion as math when he said, “If there is a true religion on earth, then the course of all things must tend to it as to a center.” William James, a psychologist, was thinking of religion as language when he wrote about ‘the varieties of religious experience.’
Biblical religion is monotheistic, calling for belief in one true God rather than many false gods, which sounds like the math problem model. But the more you spend time with the cast of characters in the Bible, the more you see how they believe in this one God in very different ways, which sounds more like the language model.
So which is it? Is religion like math or like language? You may as well ask whether light is a particle or a wave. Light is either a particle or a wave, depending on what experiment a physicist performs on it. So religion is either like math or language, depending on how you look at it. Religion, like nature itself, is not simple.