There are no athiests in foxholes
Quote by Kurt Vonnegut: “People say there are no atheists in foxholes. A...”
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A lot of people think this is a good argument against atheism. We seem to live in a time filled with world-ending threats. Turn on the news and hear of your impending doom: environmental destruction, nuclear war, biological terrorism, starvation, economic collapse, asteroids, solar flares, cancer, and a host of both real and imagined problems exist. The underlying assumption is that everyone who has turned their back on faith actually believes in God, but that the cynicism they have surrounded themselves with only melts in a situation that requires divine intervention. Some have taken this literally and talk about the overabundance of religion in the military, while others use it to attack Atheism as a concept. Nope, not buying it.
Reverend William T. Cummings, who served at Bataan, is famous for declaring " There are no atheists in foxholes. Chaplain F. Lawson of the d Machine Gun Battalion, who was wounded twice in wartime, declared "I doubt if there is such a thing as an atheist. At least there isn't in a front line trench.
The claim that there are no atheists in foxholes has been around for a long time, but it became especially popular after the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, This myth tries to claim that during times of great crisis—those which threaten a person's life in particular—it is no longer possible to "hold out" and maintain disbelief in a higher, saving power. During such experiences, the "natural" and automatic reaction of a human being is to start believing in God and hope for some form of salvation. For theists , it may be natural to assume that such a thing is true. Theistic religions teach that God is always there whenever circumstances are troubling or threatening.
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There is no RationalWiki without you. - The statement " There are no atheists in foxholes " is an aphorism used to argue that in times of extreme stress or fear, such as during war "in foxholes " , all people will believe in, or hope for, a higher power and there are therefore no atheists. The origin of the quotation is uncertain.