Religious doubt could lead to anxiety over the doubter’s supposed eternal future. People experiencing religious doubt or total deconversion can suffer if they fear Hell might exist. This can apply to atheists or agnostics. The friends or relatives of freethinkers can also experience distress over the supposed eternal future of a loved one. Certain religious beliefs can lead to unhappiness. Many religious adherents derive happiness from their religion. Similarly many freethinkers derive happiness from being able to decide philosophical and moral issues for themselves.
The concept of a crisis of faith is most commonly applied to religious beliefs, since faith is a fundamental tenet of many religions and the gravity of religious decisions is perceived by many to be great enough to aptly describe a period of extreme doubt as a "crisis". It can also be applied to doubts over influential life decisions, such as doubts over a chosen career, a marriage partner, etc.
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