I have noticed that many TV shows have blatant religious undertones to them. I was watching a show called "Criminal Minds" about the FBI's Quantico unit to catch psycho killers, and one episode had a father who performs exorcism and ultimately leads to killing people, who actually are not possessed by demons. So cut to the final scene, an FBI agent, who is also a former catholic, who happens to walk up to a church, queue slow music and the camera angle to give it's presents a sort of awe-struck meaning to it, and go to credits. Isn't that nice...I tend to notice shows doing this more and more. Take one of my favorite shows, Numb3rs, about the FBI fighting crime using a mathematics wiz kid named Charlie Epps. Well in the last two or three seasons, his brother Donnie Epps is more and more curious about the meaning of the universe and goes to Synagogue. And of course everytime it gets mentioned in the show, there is always that ridiculous notion of oscillating uncertainty of everything and of course ultimately a "Feel Good" religious moment ensues.
Along with that silly notion, comes the "It makes people feel good/comfortable/hope/etc." I think this is like watching those Insurance commercials and they list that their competitors have more expensive premiums, leading one to believe you should buy the insurance only because it is cheaper. Although I think it might be more reminiscent of stain remover ads. Our stain remover is very effective, but why spend tens of dollars more on this other brand, when you can be saving this much money! Ultimately Religion giving you that "warm fuzzy feeling" is not a good enough reason to warrant a belief, when I could be doing the same by donating money to a charity that benefits starving children in the world, or donating my time to volunteer at various community events that benefit others.
Some time ago I was at a discussion sponsored by the Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) called "Is Christianity Credible?" and from the get-go of the discussion, it was quite apparent the CCC was not prepared for the topic, and never presented any reason why it is credible. So after an hour of spotting nearly every hole in their arguments and beliefs, someone from the back had to defend the CCC speakers in the front of a crowded room, and gave an eloquent and beautiful statement about religion giving hope to those who seek it. The christian members in the crowd applauded such a defense, and I openly admit it was a profound and eloquent statement that threw me into shock. But I knew that something was unsettling about what the person had said. It was similar to a person who goes to the mall to purchase things on sale, just so they can save money. So just because you need that feel good euphoria, doesn't mean we give up reason and searching just to find something easy and complacent to fill that void.