By Paul Froese

Regardless of all of the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the us is still some of the most spiritual international locations on the earth. in truth, ninety five% of american citizens think in God--a point of contract hardly ever noticeable in American existence. the best divisions in the US aren't among atheists and believers, or perhaps among humans of alternative faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking publication exhibits, is how we conceive of God and the position He performs in our day-by-day lives.

America's 4 Gods attracts at the so much wide-ranging, complete, and illuminating survey of American's non secular ideals ever performed to supply a scientific exploration of ways american citizens view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that lots of America's so much intractable social and political divisions emerge from non secular convictions which are deeply held yet hardly ever overtly mentioned. Drawing upon unique survey info from millions of usa citizens and a wealth of in-depth interviews from all elements of the rustic, Froese and Bader hint America's cultural and political range to its final source--differing critiques approximately God. They exhibit that despite our non secular culture (or lack thereof), americans worship 4 precise sorts of God: The Authoritative God--who is either engaged on the planet and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and is helping us regardless of our failings; The severe God--who catalogs our sins yet doesn't punish them (at least no longer during this life); and The far-off God--who stands except the area He created. The authors express that those 4 conceptions of God shape the foundation of our worldviews and are one of the strongest predictors of ways we suppose concerning the so much contentious matters in American existence.

Accessible, insightful, and full of the voices of standard americans discussing their so much own spiritual ideals, America's 4 Gods offers a useful portrait of ways we view God and consequently how we view nearly every little thing else.

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As we shall see, the idea that God loves us and wants to be with us is one of the most powerful attractions to religion that we can find. Brian and many other Americans feel this without doubt. If we stopped with the fact that nearly all Americans view God as a kind and loving parent, we would have little more to say about American theology. After all, if everybody believes the same things about God, then we learn very little about a person by knowing his conception of God. But as is evident from any trip to a local playground, parents differ greatly in how they express their care and love.

And I know I’ll hear from them for this, but throwing God . . successfully with the help of the federal court system . . throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them try to secularize America.

God, Self, and Society | 41 Maggie’s disillusionment with her father might have led to complete disillusionment with God. This happened to Sandra, a committed atheist, who explained that her hatred of church stemmed from the religious hypocrisy she witnessed as a child. Sandra found that Christians in her midst talked about love but stabbed each other in the back. This powerful experience of betrayal and dishonesty led her to question the very idea of God. Her childhood doubt grew into fullscale atheism.

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