“Gott mit uns,” literally “God is with us,” can be found on every belt buckle of the German army from WW2. Clearly, if there were a god (which one?) he was not on the side of the Germans, given their catastrophic and entirely justified defeat. Yet believers and armies, continue to place unfounded confidence in some sort of wishful thinking that their imaginary being is going to favour them, their army, their country over their enemies’ armies or countries. Why?
Because a man in fancy dress mumbles some “magic” words over a beaker of water and then sprays the water over some assault rifles with a “holy” paint brush?