Who Is Your God by Paul Froese & Christopher Bader
High Engagement/Low Judgment

Like believers in the Authoritative God, believers in a Benevolent God see His handiwork everywhere. But they are less likely to think that God judges and punishes human behavior. Instead, the Benevolent God is mainly a force of positive influence in the world and is less willing to condemn individuals. Believers in this God feel that whether sinners or saints, we are all are free to call on the Benevolent God to answer our prayers in times of need.

The issue of tragedy clearly reveals an important distinction between the Authoritative and Benevolent Gods. Two people with different images of God may see signs of divine intervention in the midst of the same event, yet interpret Godís actions and motivations differently.. Someone with an Authoritative view of God is more likely to believe that God either caused a bad event to happen or allowed it to happen to teach someone a lesson. Someone with a Benevolent image of God is unlikely to see Godís hand in the tragedy itself. Rather, evidence of Godís presence is found in stories of amazing coincidences or apparent miracles that saved people in the midst of the disaster.

Approximately 24% of Americans believe in a Benevolent God

Most Americas believe in God. But what is God like?

Here Americans disagree.