Do People Believe in GOD?

 

Be careful how the data you read are measured…

 

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First a look at Gallup… (Note date.)

June 3, 2011

More Than 9 in 10 Americans Continue to Believe in God

Professed belief is lower among younger Americans, Easterners, and liberals

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — More than 9 in 10 Americans still say “yes” when asked the basic question “Do you believe in God?”; this is down only slightly from the 1940s, when Gallup first asked this question.

 

Trend: Do you believe in God?

Assessing this is not as easy as one might think.  Other polls vary for several reasons: (1) How the question is asked. (2) Is the question about belief in (a) a single God, (b) the God of the Bible (Old, or “First,” Testament only, or both Old and New Testaments, or the whole Bible plus other books, or (c) some nameless supernatural spirit or force out there, etc.

 

Some polls ask a misleading question such as, “Have you ever doubted the existence of God?” Many devout Christians, Mother Theresa included, who have worked hard and thought deeply about human life and its troubles have had “doubts,” even long periods of doubt in their past, later to go on and embrace Christianity strongly.

 

What do we draw from such data?

 

(1)  An overwhelming majority of American people still believe in God, or at least some supernatural force out there beyond our scientific world. Descriptions of this God or force vary greatly.

 

(2)  A majority of American young people still believe in God, or something else up, or out, there (perhaps 60 to 80%) depending on where you are, how “young people” are defined, and what questions are asked.

 

(3)  Watch the numbers and what represent. Sometimes they can fool you.