God and America

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    The results of a Baylor study were in the Economist:

    -31% of Americans see God as wrathful (44% of southerners)
    -23% of Americans see God as benevolent (29% of midwesterners)
    -16% of Americans see God as watchful but don't believe he intervenes (21% of easterners)
    -24% of Americans see God as a cosmic force with no interest in Earthly affairs (popular in the west)

    47% say they believe in the bible
    63% believe in a higher power
    5% are atheists

    19% believe God favors the US in international politics (idiots)
    10% said religion shapes their views of the Iraq war.
    90% are comforted by the thought of God or a higher power.

    75% of Pakistanis believe that the US is not religious enough
    50% of the Britons who professed to not liking America said that America is too religious.

    Interesting stuff, draw your own conclusions I suppose. I really don't care what Americans believe. I am a catholic, but I do not necessarily agree with all of the church's views. I see god as either non-interfering or benevolent (I have not decided).

    I think it is essential to seperate religion and politics. It is important to see America as a nation full of Christians, not a Christian nation. The U.S. is a nation that serves muslims, jews, hindus, buddhists, and atheists as equally as it serves christians. Realpolitik is a great philosophy, our leaders should practice it.
     
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    What do you find attractive about Realpolitik?
     
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    I'm confused in the breakdown. Why the sectionalism for certain categories? Didn't it break down all the percentages among all the sections? Am I missing something here?
     
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    The article did not reveal the complete results, just the statistics I posted.
     
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    so, it wasn't really reliable? Seems a reasonable conclusion.
     
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    No, they are reliable. They came from a baylor study (baylor is an evangelical university, I do not think they would try to create faulty numbers on the issue) and The Economist is an extremely respected publication.
     
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    Hello, but they do not 'illuminate' anything, not one thing. So they are worthless.
     
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    That does not mean that the statistics are unreliable. I put them out there as food for thought. What is worthless to you may be interesting to another.
     
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    So might many believe in God, some don't. Still and all, what is the relevance? How is any of it 'food for thought?' If there is no point to the numbers, if they add nothing and really have no basis in realitiy, why post?
     
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    I found it interesting, but not surprising.
     

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