Let's get serious.
Religion, the paranormal etc. are very convenient explanations for confusing things in our lives.
The ability to create illogical and unsupported explanations is one that we all posses. Any person can dream up their own fantastic solutions to things that may be otherwise explained by more logical means.
The only things that have ever been proven have been through scientific means. And once they're proven they don't seem as special anymore to the people who believed otherwise.
Is it taking the easy way out by believing in religion or otherwise?
Does it make life easier neglecting evidence and blindly following unsubstantiated beliefs?
Are people just not willing to accept that the truths in science etc. are hard to understand and that we will never understand everything?
I'm willing to accept that there may be more to life, and if so I'll shake God (that's any God, belief system, or otherwise) by the hand at heavens gate, congratulate him on his ongoing grand deception, and he'll accept me for who I am because he will appreciate I've lived logically and had no evidence to support his existence.
It's actually pretty amazing to consider how insignificant we are in relation to everything that we know exists. And everything that we know, our knowledge of the extent of the universe, could be worth but a grain of sand in relation to what's really out there.
There are answers for everything. But we will never find them all.
Can you appreciate that everything could be possibly explained logically?
I think that just as nature & nuture have a roll in a child's behavior as they grow up and as adults, these two factors also affect how people feel about religion.
Children look up to their parents, and even after they leave the nest many do not wish to anger, upset or defy their parents. They may stay with the religion they were taught because of this moreso than because it makes sense.
Some people convert to a religion after times of great hardship... or if they have never felt that they belonged anywhere, a church where they do feel like they belong will feel like a safe haven.
Still others may be somewhat gullible and take the word of other people who give off an air of authority. They will convert to a religion because they trust that whomever told them about it is both correct and has their best intrests at heart. They will listen to arguments against evolution or any other concept because they think that the source is trustworthy and knowledgable.
Most people are afraid of death and seek immortality in a multitude of ways. This includes having lots of kids, trying to become famous, trying to get rich, and, yes, seeking a religion that promises a type of immortality.
And then there are those who want to feel special... who want people's attention and a good story is a great way to capture that attention and feel important for a while. I think this drives a portion of the paranormal / alien stories.
But then there are people like me. I don't like religion. Any religion. I don't like what people do with religion. I don't believe the biblical god or that of any religious myth is the great power they are made out to be. I do not fear death because there is no point in fearing the inevitable. I'm not afraid of ceasing to exist, I'm not afraid of reincarnating a thousand more times, I'm not afraid of purgatory or hell or whatever else may be waiting.
I have zero interest in upholding what my mom taught me... especially because I can see in her that she doesn't truly believe what is taught in her church and it scares the living crap out of her... so she buries it and tells herself if she goes to church enough and prays often enough, she'll prove her worth and go to heaven. Maybe I reject religion partially because of her. Maybe it's because it just plain feels wrong to me. When I went to church, everyone around me felt incredibly fake. There was something behind their eyes that was... I don't know. Almost dead. Wilted, shadowed, empty.
I do however have a strong feeling that there is something more out there than what we can see, taste, smell, touch and hear. I don't know what it is, but as logical and pragmatic as I can be, I just can't shake the feeling.
It's like love. Either you feel it or you don't, and there's no forcing it.