I think there is fertile ground. I can think of three things. Freud thought that religion was man's reaction understanding his own mortality. There was a recent experiment that confirmed that a person's impression of their god's opinion was just drawn from their own. Essentially, god is a sock puppet. Finally, there's been a lot of work in the development of morality. Rules-based morality, which is what religions generally tout, is an earlier stage. It may be that religion appeals to some people because they are stuck in that stage.
If you'd like a good starting point on the subject, you might try "Breaking the Spell", by Dan Dennett.
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The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, May 10th at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. Steve Bratteng will talk on "Your Mother's Day Gift to You: Your Microbiome Starter Kit." The lecture is free and open to the public. The building opens at noon.