“According to a Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion survey, America’s most common four notions of God are: authoritarian, distant, benevolent, and critical.”

Authoritarian God.

Angry at earthly sin and willing to inflict divine retribution. (Approximately 32 out of 100 who profess to believe in God most closely align themselves with this image. Regionally in the United States, this image is predominant in the South.)

Distant God.

A faceless, cosmic force that launched the world but leaves it alone. (Approximately 23 out of 100 who profess to believe in God most closely align themselves with this image. Regionally in the United States, this image is predominant in the West.)

Benevolent God.

Sets absolute standards for man, but is also forgiving — engaged but not so angry. (Approximately 25 out of 100 who profess to believe in God most closely align themselves with this image. Regionally in the United States, this image is predominant in the Mid-West.)

Critical God.

The classic bearded old man, judgmental but not going to intervene or punish. (Approximately 16 out of 100 who profess to believe in God most closely align themselves with this image. Regionally in the United States, this image is predominant in the East.)

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So what is your notion of God?

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