Only in America could the fetish for individual choice, will that be Coke or Pepsi, change the shape of Christianity from a two thousand year old monotheistic religion into a truly American form of polytheism.
Would the real God please stand up.
We may be "one nation, under God," but Americans actually worship at least four versions of the Lord, according to the Baylor Religion Survey released Monday. "
American Piety in the 21st Century: New Insights into the Depth and Complexity of Religion in the United States," conducted by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, leveled more than two dozen questions about God's character and behavior at 1,721 Americans nationwide. They perceived of God in one of four ways:
Authoritarian God: Individuals who follow this model feel God is highly involved in their personal lives and world affairs, they give the Deity credit for their decision-making, and they feel God is angry and meting out punishment to the wicked.
Benevolent God: These believers also think God is very active in their daily life, just not as wrathful. They believe Benevolent God is mostly a force for positive influence in the world, and reluctant to condemn individuals.
Critical God: The faithful of this subset believe God is not meddling in world affairs but is nonetheless looking on in disapproval. These people tend to believe that God's displeasure will be felt in another life, and that divine justice is not of this world.
Distant God: Individuals in this group think that Distant God is not active in human affairs, and is not especially angry, either. Believers consider the Deity more of a cosmic force who sets the laws of nature into motion.
Which of the God models you follow is an accurate predictor of a number of factors, including race, political stances, even where you live, said Paul Froese, a Baylor sociologist who worked on the BISR project headed by Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson.
Of course the core of Trinitarian Christianity , despite its denial, is polytheism; you have Yahewa of the Old Testament, who by the way resembles all four faces of the American God. In the New Testament God then descends to earth as a pigeon impregnating a virigin resulting in the birth of a living god who is then sacrificed. So thats three.
The Americans added one, their personal National God. Despite the best efforts of America's Founding Fathers ,who were deists,to avoid the creation of exactly this kind of National Diety.
Which is why creationism originated in the United States and is so popular there, they want to prove that God created America first.
Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
And it is why the Mormons, who are NOT Christians, are the largest growing religion in the United States. They are an American homegrown religion and their God is American.
Americans love America and everything American. So they have made God their own.
Which is no different than any of the Christian Gods of any of the European Nation States. For each nation was One before its God, and their God was French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, etc. etc. For as Bakunin said, the authority of the State originates in the Authority of God.
The New World now is just another Old World Power.
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