Necessary to Believe in God to be Moral?

Is it necessary to believe in God in order to be moral? The Latest Research Last month the Pew Research Center published the results of their latest survey on the topic.  The survey item asked American respondents to fill in the blank in the following statement: "It is ___ to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values." Respondents were able to chose from "is necessary" or "is not necessary." A majority (56%) chose "is not necessary" in 2017, which was up from about half Read More …

American Morality: 1987 & 2014

CNN recently conducted a poll of American morality similar to the one conducted by Time Magazine in 1987.  When the statistics are placed side-by-side, one can see significant signs of change over the past 27 years.  Overall: In 1987, 7 out of the 8 actions surveyed were considered by the majority of Americans to be morally wrong. Now, only 3 of the behaviors are thought to be morally wrong by a majority (being married and having sex with someone else, cheating on taxes, and having an Read More …

The Scandal of American Christianity

In response to Candace Chellew-Hodge's recent interview question about religion and wealth, progressive Christian scholar Marcus Borg offers these wise words: The scandal of American Christianity today is that it is deeply divided not only about issues like biblical inerrancy and evolution, but it's deeply divided between a conservative vision of Christianity that emphasizes that what really matters morally is personal morality, the behavior of individuals . . . On the other side of the Read More …

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 Read More …