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30th Mar '18 4:46:15 AM isoycrazy
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** Watching all of this is [[spoiler:Harry Dresden. While Harry has always had full believe in Magic, he has been a NayThiest towards God. This is even after meeting an archangel, three paladins, had a Fallen Angel in his head for a few years, died, and a few other things. But seeing Waldo running out there, he remembered words one of his paladin friends told him about having faith in Power of the Sword and not the physical form of the blade. Gripping onto that, he throws the hilt to to the religious mother held captive. The hilt misses her and ends up in the hands of Waldo as he is about to be killed by the bad guys. His actions and restoration of his Faith allow for the Sword of Faith to be reborn into a symbol which represents the ideals he so strongly believes in, a Lightsaber. He dispatches the bad guys and saves the day]].

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** Watching all of this is [[spoiler:Harry Dresden. While Harry has always had full believe in Magic, he has been a NayThiest NayTheist towards God. This is even after meeting an archangel, three paladins, had a Fallen Angel in his head for a few years, died, and a few other things. But seeing Waldo running out there, he remembered words one of his paladin friends told him about having faith in Power of the Sword and not the physical form of the blade. Gripping onto that, he throws the hilt to to the religious mother held captive. The hilt misses her and ends up in the hands of Waldo as he is about to be killed by the bad guys. His actions and restoration of his Faith allow for the Sword of Faith to be reborn into a symbol which represents the ideals he so strongly believes in, a Lightsaber. He dispatches the bad guys and saves the day]].
30th Mar '18 4:44:50 AM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/SkinGame'' involves two
** Waldo Butters own crisis of Faith not in the Almighty, but in the hero Harry Dresden. In the past few books Harry [[spoiler:died, his ghost came back to help them save the day, was resurrected but stayed on a creepy island]] all while things in Chicago were getting worse and worse. Waldo doubts Harry and his goodness now, even spying on him [[spoiler:and as Harry is in Chicago to work with some villains but also betray them and no one can be told, Waldo believes the act. This act leads to the destruction of the Sword of Faith because when chasing Waldo, a confrontation between Harry and his "allies" ensues and one bad choice causes the Power in the Sword to go dormant and allowed it to be shattered to the hilt. Later, realizing his mistake, Waldo stays with some friends to guard them if the "allies" come back, which they do. The minions capture the mother in this family and the bad guys intend to burn the house down, making her watch. With Harry down from a medical condition, Waldo has had his faith in Harry restored, and restoring it in the ideals he has devoted himself to, that good can overcome evil, that one person can make the difference, and if he needs to die to save some friends, just stalling them until help arrives, he will. He takes Harry's magical duster to guard himself from bullets and charges into battle]].
** Watching all of this is [[spoiler:Harry Dresden. While Harry has always had full believe in Magic, he has been a NayThiest towards God. This is even after meeting an archangel, three paladins, had a Fallen Angel in his head for a few years, died, and a few other things. But seeing Waldo running out there, he remembered words one of his paladin friends told him about having faith in Power of the Sword and not the physical form of the blade. Gripping onto that, he throws the hilt to to the religious mother held captive. The hilt misses her and ends up in the hands of Waldo as he is about to be killed by the bad guys. His actions and restoration of his Faith allow for the Sword of Faith to be reborn into a symbol which represents the ideals he so strongly believes in, a Lightsaber. He dispatches the bad guys and saves the day]].
13th Mar '18 5:46:27 AM narm00
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* In ''The Final Trumpet,'' an adventure for the TabletopGame/InNomine RPG, the Archangel of Faith himself actually reaches this point, risking Armageddon in the process. Depending on the actions of the player characters, he may come back stronger than ever, or Fall completely to become the Demon Prince of Fanaticism.



* Happens to at least one cleric on [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Zendikar]] when the true nature of the plane's [[EldritchAbomination "gods"]] is [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/5.html revealed.]]
-->I believed in a beautiful god. But this is the true face of the divine.


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* In ''The Final Trumpet,'' an adventure for the TabletopGame/InNomine RPG, the Archangel of Faith himself actually reaches this point, risking Armageddon in the process. Depending on the actions of the player characters, he may come back stronger than ever, or Fall completely to become the Demon Prince of Fanaticism.
* Happens to at least one cleric on [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Zendikar]] when the true nature of the plane's [[EldritchAbomination "gods"]] is [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/5.html revealed.]]
-->I believed in a beautiful god. But this is the true face of the divine.
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18th Jan '18 9:48:20 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/JustAPilgrim'': The titular Pilgrim spends the first arc as a ReligiousBruiser, quoting scripture as he brings down the Lord's warth on a group of post-apocalyptic ''Film/MadMax''-esque raiders, sacrificing a convoy of settlers in the process. In the second arc, he encounters people with the means to escape Earth, and at first opposes it... but then meets what he considers proof positive that God is wrong ([[spoiler:jellyfish that evolved into PuppeteerParasites and took over a little girl]]) and spends the last few moments of his life renouncing God and telling the survivors to forget everything he'd said earlier while he pulls off a HeroicSacrifice. Creator/GarthEnnis is a noted atheist.
2nd Jan '18 3:27:01 PM major-kumquat
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* Faith crises are the subject of several Music/SufjanStevens songs:
** The narrator of "Casimir Pulaski Day" questions God after the death of a loved one due to bone cancer, musing over the emptiness of his religious practices and beliefs as a result:
-->''All the glory when He took our place''\\
''But He took my shoulders and He shook my face ''\\
''And He takes and He takes and He takes...''
** The entirety of "Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)".
1st Dec '17 4:16:26 AM jormis29
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* The Creator/IngmarBergman film ''Winter Light'' focuses on a pastor who struggles with his faith in God.

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* The Creator/IngmarBergman film ''Winter Light'' ''Film/WinterLight'' focuses on a pastor who struggles with his faith in God.
20th Nov '17 12:18:04 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheNeanderthalParallax'': Mary starts to undergo one when it's shown that a religious experience can be induced by magnetic fields. When this happens to people all over the world at once, following the specific beliefs they have, she concludes that religion is bunk. Even before this, she disagree with the Catholic Church on many issues (as many liberal Catholics in North America do). This prompts her to decide her child with Ponter ''shouldn't'' be made capable of religious beliefs.
17th Oct '17 11:13:13 AM Sherlolly
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* The trope works even nowadays: read the "Spiegel" interview with German politics legend [[note]]if you don't know him - he was the one [[MoralGuardians responsible]] for taking WesternAnimation/PorkyPig down on German Television 1973 for "too much violence"...oh the irony! Later his own party introduced Private TV in Germany, making Porky Pig look like Ghandi in comparison...[[/note]] Heiner Geißler taken just before his death. He confesses to have lost faith in God bit by bit for the standard theodizee reasons.

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* The trope works even nowadays: read the "Spiegel" interview with German politics legend [[note]]if you don't know him - he was the one [[MoralGuardians responsible]] for taking WesternAnimation/PorkyPig down on German Television 1973 for "too much violence"...oh the irony! Later his own party introduced Private TV in Germany, making Porky Pig look like Ghandi in comparison...[[/note]] Heiner Geißler taken just before his death. He confesses to have lost faith in God bit by bit for the standard theodizee theodicy reasons.
17th Oct '17 11:09:26 AM Sherlolly
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* A big part of the plot of the movie ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' revolves around Bethany, who was raised Catholic her whole life, is now questioning the existence of God after an infection destroyed her uterus, preventing her from ever having kids and causing her husband two divorce her. This gets thrown for a loop when she encounters, an angel, two "prophets" (Jay and Silent Bob), and the thirteenth apostle who assist her on a journey to find out what happened to God, who ended up missing, and stop two renegade angels from causing all of existence to be eradicated.

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* A big part of the plot of the movie ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' revolves around Bethany, who was raised Catholic her whole life, is now questioning the existence of God after an infection destroyed her uterus, preventing her from ever having kids and causing her husband two to divorce her. This gets thrown for a loop when she encounters, an angel, two "prophets" (Jay and Silent Bob), and the thirteenth apostle who assist her on a journey to find out what happened to God, who ended up missing, and stop two renegade angels from causing all of existence to be eradicated.
5th Oct '17 12:05:32 PM ginger_girl18
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* Tyler Glenn, best known for being the frontman of Music/NeonTrees, went through one related to his Mormon faith, and chronicled it in his solo album titled ''Excommunication''.
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