In her book Christianity After Religion (2012), she talks about belief, behavior, and belonging as "three intertwined strands of religious faith" (p. 47), each asking a basic question.
Believing: What do I think?Today, I want to look at the first of these questions. Bass says, "Baylor University researchers ... found that roughly 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God. However, the Baylor team also discovered that Americans actually believed in four different Gods! Not, however the Christian God, the Jewish God, the Muslim God, and everyone else's God. Rather than dividing up according to religion, Baylor researchers discerned that Americans divide up according to how they perceive God's character" (p. 49). She then lists these four as A-B-C-D, crediting Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, who wrote about America's Four Gods (2010):
Behaving: How should I act?
Belonging: Who am I?
Authoritarian God (31%), a wrathful sin-hating deity.Do you believe in God? If so, do any of these categories resonate with you?
Benevolent God (23%), the forgiving friend of sinners, peacemaker, and caring healer.
Critical God (16%), the bringer of justice who will make all right at the end.
Distant God (24%), the cosmic creative force behind and beyond the natural universe.