There are no atheists in foxholes


Although the expression is somewhat cliched, it is a truism that can only be realized from real world life experience.

In other words, anyone who does not believe the expression that there are no atheists in foxholes - anyone who does not believe that Someone created God's green earth - has probably not faced imminent death - perceived or otherwise. Because that's the point at which human beings re-prioritize their thought process. Not always, but I've seen it in action - so I know the point in time exists.

Rephrased yet again, anyone who makes the statement that "religious faith is just an opinion" is stating what they believe is a fact - because they may have not yet had their "foxhole" moment in life. When they make statements like that - they may also be exposing their lack of worldly life and/or general work experience - who knows?

Here's how it works:

  • Since there is no way to know until after one dies whether there is an afterlife - when placed in a situation in which one's life is threatened - some humans hedge their bets by praying to a higher being.
  • If the person had religious training earlier in life - the higher being they speak to during their foxhole moment may be the God in the Christina Bible, as most people are aware of how the praying process functions..
  • The foxhole moment can come in many forms, ranging from a natural disaster (act of God, aye) - a bad car wreck - a wall of fire heading directly toward a smoke jumper - a consistent schedule of dismounted or mounted military patrols in a bad place on the planet - or anything else that causes the emotion of fear to suddenly arrive.

Thus, it could be stated that "religious faith is just an opinion" - but opinions change - often during an individual's personal foxhole moment.

US Navy Seabees with a completed defensive machine gun position

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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Wba108, Good point on the plane dropping from the sky, same thought process. Sean profile image 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Theirs nothing like a close brush with death or the hard realities of life that sobers you up and forces you to decide what you really believe. Their probably aren't many atheists in an airplane dropping from the sky at 30,000 feet either.

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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Frog, yeah, I'm not necessarily a practicing Christian, but I always hedge my bets with a lot of good deeds and occasional prayer in tight situations, even in situations that are not that tight. Not sure if that's cheating. :-) Sean

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Sean - Partner I've been in some fox holes where people were praying their asses off. I was on a C-130 with my Battalion chaplain on an air mission where we were having extreme problems getting that bird on the landing strip. When he started praying I knew the jig could possibly be up. LMBO.

Great writing.

The Frog

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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Pintoman, good point, I hadn't thought about that angle. Sean

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Pintoman 4 years ago

I don't think there are any atheists anywhere. I think there are those so mad at God they deny his existence, and a foxhole experience can deepen that anger. Nice article.

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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Yes, I have been in a foxhole, although we called them defensive fighting positions. I'm relatively certain I believed in God before that, though. :-)

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Josak 4 years ago from variable

Have you been in a Foxhole? I have, in the Falklands war I was pinned in a hole with 8 other guys in the defense of the Stanley at the battle of Mt Tumbledown being attacked by English special forces, Para and Commando most of us died, I was an atheist the whole way through and I still am now, be wary of making claims like that.

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yellowstone8750 4 years ago from Taos, nm

It is betond the power of the human pysche.

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very interesting way of bringing the point home. Agree.... You just have to look around you to see that there is a Supreme Power, or else you are implying 'Nature' is one very smart entity out there!

Things to ponder upon..... Thanks.

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