"Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert."
More like, yes, perhaps, but maybe both at the same time? Or, religion is more like a response to a friend who also happens to be the Great King of your country and also an expert in the very problem against which you just now happen to be butting your head in frustration.
As an Oxford don, Fr. Farrer would have a sense of "friend" that is far greater and more noble than an American "buddy."