In my personal canon humanity have realised organised religion is evil and anti-intellectual but still embrace individual spirituality.
Riker is a devotee of the teachings of Aleister Crowley and through a combination of drugs, sex rituals and pagan texts he believes he can directly communicate with the god Enki.
Beat that Abrams.
With Troi as his personal concubine who feels the emotions of dead spirits and transfers them to Riker through numerology. Abrahadabra