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There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes

Erica Jong is an American novelist, feminist, satirist, and poet. She is especially known for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying.

Eric Jong wrote in her novel Fear of Flying: "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes".[1]

Erica Jong wrote: "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes."[1]

Similar quote to "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes"

"Communist until you get rich, feminist until you get married, atheist until the airplane starts falling.” - Hypocrite Diaries[2] See also: Atheist hypocrisy

Atheist Tom Keugler prays to God on a turbulent airplane

See also: Atheism and death anxiety and Atheists doubting the validity of atheism and Denials that atheists exist and Atheism and its retention rate in individuals

Turbulence in the tip vortex caused by an airplane wing

Tom Keugler wrote in his essay I Don’t Believe In God Anymore, Do I?:

...even though I considered myself a straight-up atheist at that point.

Yes, atheist.

I always thought there was only one God — one true religion that was “right” — but that movie showed me that may not be true...

...it’s hard for me to shake the idea of God completely.

The romantic part of me wants to believe it. The romantic part of me who sometimes notices crazy coincidences in everyday life tries to convince the logical part of me that it was actually divine providence, not just a crazy coincidence.

A few years back I found myself praying when my plane hit major turbulence from Maryland to Las Vegas. Hows that for self-preservation hypocrisy?

I just can’t convince myself, though...

I guess my ego is too large.[3]

An agnostic woman on a turbulent airplane asking a Catholic priest to pray

Below is an account of an agnostic woman on a turbulent airplane asking a Catholic priest to pray:

"I remember being on a turbulent flight not too long ago coming from California actually. And a woman sat next to me and proclaimed very happily that 'I am an agnostic'. And we wound up having a very nice conversation. And it turned out to be one of the bumpiest, craziest flights of all time... It was very interesting and she was surprised herself. As we dropped about 500 feet suddenly she grabbed my hand and she said, 'Would you mind praying?'"- Jonathan Morris (author, former Catholic priest, commentator on religious matters in the media who has been a Fox News contributor).[4]

Atheists, fear of death and other fears

Dr. Nathan Heflick on death anxiety increasing atheists' unconscious belief in God

Due to research showing that death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God, Dr. Nathan Heflick declared in a Psychology Today article, "But, at a less conscious (or pre-conscious) level, this research suggests that there might be less atheism in foxholes than atheists in foxholes report."[5] For more information, please see: Atheism and death anxiety

Comedian Andrew Schulz on atheists and airplanes

"I quit atheism. I fly too much...". - Comedian Andrew Schulz on atheists and airplanes[6]

"I quit atheism. I fly too much...". - Comedian Andrew Schulz on atheists and airplanes[7]

Newsweek: Airplane turbulence and praying passengers

Newsweek reported: "A video of the incident showed a flight attendant and a drinks cart picked up and thrown towards the ceiling by the turbulence. The cart then came crashing back to the floor as drinks covered terrified passengers. Travelers could be seen screaming and even praying amid the chaos."[8]

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Airplane captain twice asks passengers to pray on a shaking plane

Erica Jong: "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes" - fuller quote from her novel Fear of Flying

Fuller quote from Erica Jong's novel Fear of Flying: "'Unitarian' kept me avidly praying throughout the flight. There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes. Amazingly enough, the storm subsided (or we left it behind) by the time we flew over Cyprus." [1]

Author Thisbe Nissen quoting Eric Jong's novel Fear of Flying

Author Thisbe Nissen in her novel Our Lady of the Prairie wrote: "We got spit from the clouds and the plane banked so sharply I thought we were nosediving. I closed my eyes and prayed and I thought of Eric Jong, 'There are no atheists on turbulent planes'."[9]

Atheist and Airplanes: Milwaukee Garage band

Erica Jong's quote "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes" did inspire a Milwaukee garage band garage to name themselves "Atheist and Airplanes.[10][11]

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