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24 July 2006 @ 10:45 am
Celebrity Atheists  
I stumbled upon a list of celebrity atheists, which I thought made for some interesting browsing.
Prisspr1ss on July 24th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
That site should have an "in a foxhole" section.
Jacobyak_boy on July 25th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
I never understood the phrase "there are no atheists in a foxhole". Surely the middle of a horrible bloody war is going to be a situation that causes a lot of people to lose their faith in a benevolent god.
Prisspr1ss on July 25th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
I do know people who have lost their faith, if they ever had one, because they don't think a benevolent diety would allow that much sufferring. Mark Twain would probably be in that category.

The foxholes concept refers to the human tendency of trying to bargain a way out of problems. That works against another person, or for winning a guard dog over by handing over snacks. For a lot of people, that bargaining impulse extends to how thry feel about the universe in general.
Jacobyak_boy on July 25th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
I can understand that. I guess the point is that even if you don't generally believe in any god, you might well resort to praying when shells are exploding around you.

I don't know, I often internally say "please let such and such happen/not happen", but I never consider it an actual request to anyone/anything in particular.