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God through American eyes

Despite pluralism, understandings of God remain traditiona

At Christmas Americans' thoughts turn to God more than any other time of the year. This is not surprising. An overwhelming majority of Americans — 95 percent according to a recent national survey — say they believe in God. Most are quite certain of God's existence, and the vast majority say they pray.

But these figures hide more than they reveal. Just who do Americans think God is?

In conducting my research I listen to people talk about their relationships to God, and I am often inspired by how seriously they take their faith. Dozens of surveys have explored Americans' understandings and experiences of God. Not surprisingly, they show that Americ ans are as diverse in their views as they are as a people. But there are some prominent themes.


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