I just watched Master and Commander: Far Side of the World again recently. I know I've watched it plenty of times but I really enjoy that movie. I was thinking about why that is. I realized that I enjoy it because it is an accurate portrayal of a way of life that did exist. The characters and the plot may all be purely fictional, but people like that certainly did exist, and the movie has real historical references involved also. It's not fantasy, it's not a make believe picture of history, more of a matter of fact illustration of what it really may have been like. Not much in the way of glory or heroes, not much in the way of crazy spirituality, just men doing what they have to do.
I was also thinking about the real men of that time in history. Men in those days, especially men out on ships where everything depends on the wind being right to get you to your next location... those men knew they needed God. They may not have prayed to the right god, but at least they couldn't get off saying "Well I have technology and a secure retirement and a cushy job so I don't need any sort of god at all except what makes me feel good". A man on a ship driven by the wind knows he damn well better pray to something, because he isn't going to control the wind, and he isn't going to get anywhere without it.
Mammon - that is, the power to live without faith - is definitely getting deeper and deeper on the world today and making it much easier to live without God.