9780190248857-0190248858-America's Four Gods: What We Say About God--And What That Says About Us

America's Four Gods: What We Say About God--And What That Says About Us

ISBN-13: 9780190248857
ISBN-10: 0190248858
Edition: Updated
Author: Froese, Paul, Bader, Christopher
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages
FREE shipping on ALL orders

Book details

ISBN-13: 9780190248857
ISBN-10: 0190248858
Edition: Updated
Author: Froese, Paul, Bader, Christopher
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Froese, Paul, Bader, Christopher wrote America's Four Gods: What We Say About God--And What That Says About Us comprising 288 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0190248858 and 9780190248857. Since then America's Four Gods: What We Say About God--And What That Says About Us textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

Description

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.

America's Four Gods draws on the most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and illuminating survey of American's religious beliefs ever conducted to offer a systematic exploration of how Americans view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that many of America's most intractable social and political divisions emerge from religious convictions that are deeply held but rarely openly discussed. 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. They show that regardless of our religious tradition (or lack thereof), 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. The authors show that these four conceptions of God form the basis of our worldviews and are among the most powerful predictors of how we feel about the most contentious issues in American life.

This updated edition includes a new preface and afterword in which the authors reflect on their goals in writing this book, and explore trends that have developed since the initial publication. America's Four Gods provides an invaluable portrait of how we view God and therefore how we view virtually everything else.

Rate this book Rate this book

We would LOVE it if you could help us and other readers by reviewing the book