The context within which this claim emerges is that there is a new movie being promoted, “Faith of Our fathers”, and while being interviewed (see clip below) at 02:45 he proceeds to explain that he does not believe that there are atheists because there is too much documentation … “our calendars are based upon Jesus Christ”. He then goes on to claim that the first time somebody gets in a bit of a bind, they turn to god and ask for help, and yes the line “there are no atheists in foxholes” was repeated.
Clearly the year on the calendar is quite obviously evidence that Christian belief was historically very much a central part of the culture, but that is not in any way proof that his specific beliefs are true or that there is actually a god. Perhaps he also thinks that the Mayan calendar is also proof that the Mayan gods are real.
OK, let’s do a quick thought experiment and ponder over what else we have on the calendar. In addition to the year we also have months named after quite different gods …
- January is named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings Janus
- February is named after the old-Italian god Februus
- March is quite obvious, the god being honoured is the Roman god of war, Mars.
- May most probably is for Maiesta, the Roman goddess of honor and reverence.
- June was named in honor of Juno.
- July and August refer to Julius Caesar, and Augustus, and while not strictly speaking a traditional Roman god, they qualify because of the emperor worship cults that deemed them to be gods
Moving on, we also have days of the week that introduce even more gods …
- Sunday – day of the sun, once worshiped as a god
- Monday – day of the moon, also once worshiped as a god
- Tuesday – Tiu’s day, Tiu was the Germanic god of war
- Wednesday – Woden’s day, Woden was the primary anglo-saxon god, the leader of the wild hunt
- Thursday – Thor’s day, you know this one right because you have seen the Avengers “documentary”
- Friday – Freya’s day, Freya is the Teutonic goodness of love, beauty and sexuality
- Saturday – Saturn’s day, the roman god of farming, wealth, and then later time. Many the of Christmas traditions we have today were picked up from his festival of Saturnalia (around the end of December, parties, big meals, gift giving, and of course a trip to the temple)
… so when Mr Robertson assures us that the calendar is proof that god is real, I can only wonder which specific god he has in mind because apparently there are lots to choose from, so yes, once a week, lots of documentation and proof that Thor is quite real – all hail Thor.
Atheists In Foxholes
So is it true that there really are no atheists in foxholes?
Nope, it is not.