Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Atheists don't change their view when confronted with death

"Are there atheists in foxholes? That timeless question (the literal answer to which is yes) is a shorthand way of asking whether, when confronted by their own mortality, even nonbelievers’ thoughts turn to God.

Research published earlier this year tentatively concluded that they do. But a new study, conducted by scholars from three countries, reports that death-related thoughts lead us to reaffirm whatever belief system gives our lives meaning—and for atheists, that’s something other than religious faith."

Pacific Standard, July 10, 2012

1 comment:

Thesauros said...

Of course most people don't change. For one thing, strokes, heart attacks, dementia, accidents etc. means that an inability to change our mind comes suddenly and with little or no warning. Second, death just brings us the the end of the road upon which we've been travelling for most of our lives.