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

Believers in a Distant God view God as a cosmic force that set the laws of nature in motion and, as such, the Distant God does not really do things in the world or hold clear opinions about our activities or world events. In fact, believers in a Distant God may not conceive of God as an entity with human characteristics and are loathe to refer to God as a he. When describing God, they are likely to reference objects in the natural world, like a beautiful day, a mountaintop, or a rainbow rather than a human-like figure. These believers feel that images of God in human terms are simply inadequate and represent nave or ignorant attempts to know the unknowable.

In addition, a Distant God does not require offerings or praise and is not something that responds in a direct sense to our personal wants and desires. Nevertheless, believers in a Distant God may still be regular churchgoers and may still draw genuine inspiration and strength from the idea that a greater power exists and is essentially a force for good in the universe. How this good is realized is much more abstract than it is for believers in an Authoritative, Benevolent, or Critical God. They rarely speak of miracles or judgments in afterlife. Instead, the calming effects of meditation, contemplation and the beauty of nature are ways in which believers in a Distant God tap the positive force guiding the universe.

Approximately 24% of Americans believe in a Distant God

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

Here Americans disagree.