The Scenario: Two men are serving together in a war, standing in a foxhole that is about to be overrun by the enemy. They know they are going to die very soon. One of the men is deeply religious; take your pick of religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc). He truly believes his soul will live on for eternity in a better place. The other man is an atheist. He truly believes there is no such thing as a soul. When you die, youre dead; there is no afterlife. The Questions: Which of these two men has more to lose by dying? Is the atheist more brave than the religious man? My Commentary: No doubt, you can say they are both very brave for standing their ground in the face of certain death. Both men are about to make the ultimate sacrifice. However, the religious man has a motivational edge because he truly believes that even though he will die here and now in this battle, his soul will live on in a better place, for eternity. But what about the atheist? Does it not take more courage for the atheist to stand there, knowing this is it, his one shot at life will be over soon and he will be dead, with no afterlife to look forward to?