Do Americans Share a Common Morality?

Yesterday I wrote a review of America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God  – & What That Says About Us by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader.  One of the book’s more interesting findings hints at a common American morality, which is shown in the chart below (p. 66).  The authors write:

But note the relative ranking of moral issues for all believers — they are exactly the same.  Specifically, no matter what kind of God a person believes in, he ranks the comparative immorality of behaviors in exactly the same order (p.67).

So What?

Consider your own views regarding the morality of the selected hot-button issues.

  • Based on how strongly you feel given issues are right or wrong, which God type most closely represents your views?
  • Would you re-order any of the items listed? If so, which one(s) and why?
  • What does the common morality, in terms of ordering, suggest to you insofar as intra-religious and inter-religious dialogue?

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