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American Piety in the 21st Century

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2006-09

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According to this Baylor University study, religious belief and a sense of religious belonging work together to shape political opinion. Additionally, spiritual practices are better predictors than specific traditions. It identifies four very different views of who God is and what God does in the world — Authoritarian God, Benevolent God, Critical God, Distant God — and how holding each of these views has a major impact on positions on specific policy issues.