New Survey: Few Americans see earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters a sign from God
By Public Religion Research Institute
WASHINGTON, DC—Most Americans believe in a personal God who is in control of everything that happens in the world, but a new national poll finds few believe that God sometimes punishes nations for the sins of some of its citizens or that earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters are a sign from God.
The new PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Americans have more natural than supernatural views of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute. “Americans overall resist drawing a straight line from theological beliefs about a personal God to God’s direct role or judgment in particular natural disasters.”Read the full article and discuss it »