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Study reveals that there are atheists in foxholes

Study reveals that there are atheists in foxholes

The notion that there are "no atheists in foxholes" is a myth, new research shows.

The news comes from the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (MAAF), which reviewed a self-funded study by doctors Brian and Craig Wansink on responses to combat stress in and after military service. The study was published in the independent Journal of Religion and Health.

While many combat vets do indeed pray to relieve stress, the research also found that 28% of Pacific Infantry never prayed, even during heavy combat. MAAF writes, "[T]he study proves more than disproves the service of atheists in combat."

MAAF reports that the researchers were appreciative of its work with military atheists, even linking to MAAF in the report.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • krisf03

    There are atheists everywhere. Some even stayed within their religious affiliations while others declared to the world that they are atheists. For me, there is nothing wrong with their beliefs and whatever caused them to believe in such way doesn't matter. The most important thing is that they maintain morality in them and they do their duty and responsibility to their country and to their families. Religious people should respect them and they should also respect the people who believe that God exists.

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