So far as I can tell, the best way to summarize religion is as follows :
Religion is a tautology, supported by appeals to emotion, appeals to consequences, and arguments from ignorance.
Tautology – Faith itself can neither be proved nor disproved because, by its very definition, it does not require evidence or reason.
Appeals to emotion – “I can feel a presence” “But don’t you know God loves you!” “God is love”
Appeals to consequences – “If God doesn’t exist, where do we get our moral values from?” “If God doesn’t exist then I won’t get to live forever in an afterlife” “If God doesn’t exist, chaos will reign”
Arguments from ignorance – “We can’t explain consciousness/evolution/what happened before the big bang, therefore God did it”
What do you think? I think that this brief summary can cover about 95% or more of the arguments we see for religion/God/spirits/etc. I was going to add circular arguments but I think that’s covered by the def. of faith as a tautology. The important thing to notice is that the foundation for religion rests upon fallacies that don’t make religion true. Any thoughts?