It’s worthwhile thinking about religion in these terms. Take for instance the concept of Grace. “ the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” I think this is the core of AA — the notion that you don’t really have to get better yourself, just have faith that God will smile on you. (See the exciting conclusion of Goethe’s Faust.)
Magical thinking is the lotto for people unable to take responsibility for themselves. Why learn and grow and work out your issues when Jesus.