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By Paul Froese

Regardless of all of the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the USA continues to be probably the most non secular countries in the world. in reality, ninety five% of usa citizens think in God--a point of contract infrequently visible in American existence. the best divisions in the USA should not among atheists and believers, or perhaps among humans of alternative faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking e-book 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 so much wide-ranging, finished, and illuminating survey of American's spiritual ideals ever performed to provide a scientific exploration of ways 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 spiritual convictions which are deeply held yet hardly ever overtly mentioned. Drawing upon unique survey info from hundreds of thousands 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 variety to its final source--differing critiques approximately God. They express that despite our spiritual culture (or lack thereof), american citizens worship 4 special forms of God: The Authoritative God--who is either engaged on this planet and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and is helping us inspite of our failings; The serious God--who catalogs our sins yet doesn't punish them (at least no longer during this life); and The far away God--who stands except the realm 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 suppose concerning the such a lot contentious concerns in American lifestyles.

Accessible, insightful, and full of the voices of standard americans discussing their such a lot own spiritual ideals, America's 4 Gods offers a useful portrait of ways we view God and for this reason how we view nearly every thing else.

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But in Maggie’s case, God became a surrogate for her inadequate father. 1. God and Parents Atheist 40 | america’s four gods I think of God as my father. You know I’ve missed sitting in a father’s lap, but God is always there. . I guess my father never praised me or made me feel like I was worthy. I was never good enough for him. I always had faults, and God is not that way with me. You know, he is the only one that I know that accepts me as I am, faults or no faults. I am somebody to him. That’s something I always struggle with, low self-esteem, knowing that I don’t have to do anything to please him, that he’s there for me to love me and take care of me.

Someone with an Authoritative view of God is more likely to believe that God either caused a bad event to happen or allowed it to happen to teach someone a lesson. Someone with a Benevolent image of God is unlikely to see God’s hand in the tragedy itself. Rather, evidence of God’s presence is found in stories of amazing coincidences or apparent miracles that saved people in the midst of the disaster. For example, Rosie, a Mexican American grandmother, explained how she helped the victims of an auto accident because of God’s prompting: I guess around Easter I was driving back home from a conference and there was an accident that had just happened.

When we met with Brian, a laid-back day laborer from the West Coast, we were surprised by his abrupt exuberance when turning to the topic of God’s love. Smiling widely, Brain explained, I know the feelings I have toward my children, towards my pastor, and I have some feedback on how people feel about me. I know that his love, his endearment towards me, is greater than that. I would almost say incomprehensible. Very loving, very tender, and the greatest characteristic about God is that he desires to be with me.

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