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By Paul Froese,Christopher Bader

ISBN-10: 0195341473

ISBN-13: 9780195341478

ISBN-10: 1522699813

ISBN-13: 9781522699811

regardless of all of the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the USA is still some of the most spiritual countries on the earth. 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 usually are not among atheists and believers, or maybe among humans of alternative faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking booklet 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 such a lot wide-ranging, complete, and illuminating survey of American's non secular ideals ever performed to provide a scientific exploration of ways americans view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that a lot of America's so much intractable social and political divisions emerge from non secular convictions which are deeply held yet hardly ever brazenly mentioned. Drawing upon unique survey information 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 evaluations approximately God. They express that despite our spiritual culture (or lack thereof), american citizens worship 4 exact forms of God: The Authoritative God--who is either engaged on the earth and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and is helping us despite 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 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 in regards to the so much contentious concerns in American life.

Accessible, insightful, and full of the voices of standard american citizens discussing their so much own spiritual ideals, America's 4 Gods presents a useful portrait of ways we view God and for that reason how we view almost every thing else.

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