No Atheists In Foxholes

Someone just dropped this off by my house for me to read.

Editorial Reviews

Experience gripping wartime stories and honest prayers by this Camp David chaplain now serving in Iraq. When words mean less and less, but money talks more and more; when blasphemy is a best seller, and eternal war has replaced hopeful diplomacy; in times like these is prayer even possible? Patrick J. McLaughlin thinks so. McLaughlin is an active duty Navy Chaplain who has ministered to heads of state and to soldiers living and dying in the heat of Iraq.

No Atheists in Foxholes assembles Chaplain McLaughlin’s experiences and prayers from e-mails, private notes, and personal conversations that take us real-time into realms of duty and spirit: from the quiet darkness of his infant son’s New England bedroom on September 11, 2001, to the bomshelled medical tents and blistered Army Humvees of Anbar Province. Chaplain McLaughlin believes that prayer is not only possible, but critical. “We must all learn to pray for peace,” he says, “and then become an answer to that prayer.”

I’ve only scanned the book and focused on a few small parts.  However, my friend found it – a bit disdaining based on the lack of respect given to the Atheists who have fought for our country.  Little attention was given to the Atheist who went in the foxhole as an Atheist and came out the same – an atheist.  Meaning everyone in a time of crisis or fear does not turn to a God.

Like I said I’ve not read the book I’ve only had it in my possession a few minutes, but hopefully it will prove itself a good read.

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5 responses to “No Atheists In Foxholes

  1. Pingback: Books and Magazines Blog » Archive » No Atheists In Foxholes

  2. thehostess

    thanks for a good find…I have it on my list to read.

  3. Cool, let me know what you think.

  4. It is unfair for people to categorize us like that. im not that old but i have been thru some shitty situations and i have never come out turning to god. a real atheist can look to other things to feel relieved or a sense of purpose and calm. those no atheist foxhole people i dont think were really atheists to begin with. not that turning to religion in a time of need or fear is a bad thing. i think those who bravely fought for our county and went in as an atheist and came out the same way should stand up and tell their story. compile a book of their stories. that is a book i would read.

  5. hey atheist girl! most atheists that i know iterate the same very thing. that was my friend’s second biggest dislike of the book.

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