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By Paul Froese, Christopher Bader

Regardless of all of the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the us is still probably the most spiritual international locations on the earth. in reality, ninety five% of usa citizens think in God--a point of contract hardly obvious in American existence. the best divisions in the United States aren't 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 so much wide-ranging, finished, and illuminating survey of American's spiritual ideals ever carried out 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 non secular convictions which are deeply held yet hardly brazenly mentioned. Drawing upon unique survey information from millions of american 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 evaluations approximately God. They convey that despite our non secular culture (or lack thereof), american citizens worship 4 specified kinds of God: The Authoritative God--who is either engaged on the planet and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and is helping us despite 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 convey that those 4 conceptions of God shape the root of our worldviews and are one of the strongest predictors of ways we suppose concerning the such a lot contentious matters in American existence.

Accessible, insightful, and choked with 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 hence how we view almost every thing else.

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