‘There are no atheists in foxholes’ has been a famous aphorism on religion and war for quite some time. It is blatantly false, but that is beside the point. Basically, the proposition argues that under conditions of extreme duress even the most tenacious non-believer will turn to a deity; in other words, when all else fails, religion is supposed to be the last resort for coping with distress, fear, and hopelessness – the ultimate means of crisis management. In this light, even if we have to take the absoluteness of the phrasing with a grain of salt, there is some truth to the aphorism: Some people indeed turn to religion in order to contrast fear and misery with hope and salvation.
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