The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Don't blame God

Most Americans don't believe natural disasters are divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God, according to a Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service poll taken after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.

But six in 10 evangelicals believe God can use natural disasters to send messages — nearly twice the number of Roman Catholics (31 percent) or mainline Protestants (34 percent).

Evangelicals (53 percent) are also more than twice as likely to believe God punishes nations for the sins of some citizens.


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