Well as I just said, for a start the vast majority of jews who survived the holocaust didn't give up their religion afterwards.
Are you sure you can examine it in this way? You can say a majority didn't abandon their faith, but the faith itself is not based on a premise of something working in a particular way to begin with. For example if their belief stated that nothing ever bad happens to god's chosen people, and they are in fact gods chosen people, then by all means they would question it if they were knowledgeable to do so. Religon doesn't work that way and most religious people don't use that frame of mind either. So long explanation short, no good or bad event will waiver a believer.
It would stand to reason, that if adversity brings people closer to faith then by all means a smooth easy life causes you to reject faith? Is this why pain and suffering are justifiable, it's to maintain the faithful?
The vast majority of people from poorer backgrounds are religious - religious/atheistic divide pretty closely follows the poor/wealthy divide.
I would say my reasoning above is the same for this statement. The poor tend to be lower educated, if at all. The less educated you are the weaker your reasoning skills are if they exist at all. This is why children are easier to indoctrinate than adults. Children have weaker reasoning skills so it is easier to make connects that wouldn't normally occur.
The vast majority of people who survive freak natural disasters don't suddenly become atheists.
I would continue to say that my above argument holds to this reasoning as well. People don't use events like this to affirm or deject faith terms. Atheists who were once believers tend to fall into the category, a majority of the time, as reasoning out their belief. It has nothing to do with having a traumatic event taking place which was the final straw that broke the camels back. At least I have never heard any say it. Why? Because it is not a reasonable argument in the first place.
You live in new york don't you? Was the general atmosphere after 9/11 one of several people suddenly giving up their faith, having had a light bulb going off in their minds, and suddenly proclaiming that god can't exist? Or was it more like the opposite?
This is such an odd question. Were not the hijackers utilizing their religious beliefs to justify their actions? They actually grew in their faith so if your assertion were to state that people become stronger over adversity then by all means the hijackers should have become atheists just before the planes crashed. As silly as that is, I can't follow your reasoning. I have to go back to my original argument. People don't use adversity to reason out religious belief. Well I can speak for myself, I would not.