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America's four gods : what we say about God-- & what that says about us

Author: Paul Froese; Christopher Bader
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite all the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the United States remains one of the most religious nations on Earth. In fact, 95% of Americans believe in God--a level of agreement rarely seen in American life. The greatest divisions in America are not between atheists and believers, or even between people of different faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking book shows, is how we conceive of God and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Froese; Christopher Bader
ISBN: 9780195341478 0195341473
OCLC Number: 502676165
Description: x, 258 pages, [4] pages of leaves : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : why god? --
America's four gods --
God, self, and society --
God and morals --
God and science --
God and mammon --
God and evil --
God, present and future --
The god questionnaire.
Responsibility: Paul Froese & Christopher Bader.

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Despite all the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the United States remains one of the most religious nations on Earth. In fact, 95% of Americans believe in God--a level of agreement rarely seen in American life. The greatest divisions in America are not between atheists and believers, or even between people of different faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking book shows, is how we conceive of God and the role He plays in our daily lives. Drawing upon original survey data from thousands of Americans and a wealth of in-depth interviews from all parts of the country, Froese and Bader trace America's cultural and political diversity to its ultimate source--differing opinions about God. Americans worship four distinct types of God: The Authoritative God--who is both engaged in the world and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and helps us in spite of our failings; The Critical God--who catalogs our sins but does not punish them (at least not in this life); and The Distant God--who stands apart from the world He created.
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