In the face of adversity people act differently when it comes to religion. Some gain faith, some lose faith. Another factor in all of this is the culture that one is exposed to. In the military world, more specifically the infantry world, many scoff at the idea of religion and “some dude floating in the sky telling me what to do” and those who do believe get belittled about their faith. Whenever the Chaplain comes around there are very few who will actually go to his services. A lot of this has to do with the tough guy mentality of not needing any help. More lose their faith based off of what they experience, ” If there is a god then why is my friend dead, why would he let all these terrible things happen while just sitting atop his cloud of judgment and if I don’t follow his rules I go to hell?! What kind of b.s. is that? “.
It is very easy to blame an unknown entity for all the tragedies of life and it is a natural reaction to respond with anger and try to find someone or something to point your finger at. For some, these tragedies have the exact opposite effect and they thank god for sparing their life and they pray for his protection. It seems that either way, whether they hate god or adore god, it gives them some sort of fuel to keep going. From what I experienced most are just indifferent, they don’t care for religion and at the same time they don’t care if someone is religious. I personally respect those who are strong enough to stand up for what they believe in regardless of their environment or what other people say and who don’t push their beliefs off on others, whichever side they may take. While they may not fully be Atheists, it seems that the world of warriors is not so much a religious one.