By Paul Froese
Regardless of the entire hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the us continues to be probably the most non secular countries in the world. in truth, ninety five% of usa citizens think in God--a point of contract infrequently visible in American lifestyles. the best divisions in the United States are usually not among atheists and believers, or maybe among humans of alternative faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking publication indicates, is how we conceive of God and the position He performs in our day-by-day lives.
America's 4 Gods attracts at the such a lot wide-ranging, finished, and illuminating survey of American's spiritual ideals ever carried out to provide a scientific exploration of the way american citizens view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that a lot of America's such a lot intractable social and political divisions emerge from non secular convictions which are deeply held yet hardly ever overtly mentioned. Drawing upon unique survey facts from millions of usa citizens and a wealth of in-depth interviews from all components 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 particular kinds of God: The Authoritative God--who is either engaged on this 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 now not 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 the way we consider in regards to the so much contentious concerns in American existence.
Accessible, insightful, and full of the voices of normal americans discussing their such a lot own non secular ideals, America's 4 Gods presents a useful portrait of ways we view God and hence how we view almost every thing else.
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I was living overseas and I didn’t have a garbage disposal or a sink. My bathroom was where I would wash my dishes and I had left some food, some rice, in a Tupperware container too long in the fridge, and so I had to throw it out. I was going to ﬂush it. Well, it had become hard and kind of compacted in the shape and so it got clogged in the toilet in that shape and I ﬁlled the toilet bowl to the rim with water and it just sat there. Nothing happened. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was so embarrassed.
Why would he want to be with me? Interestingly, Brian felt no sense of sublime awe in the presence of God but rather described a sensation similar to hugging a devoted parent. As Brian repeated, “God wants to be with me,” so why would anyone not want to be with God? 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.
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America's Four Gods: What We Say about God--and What That Says about Us by Paul Froese