Do all religions around the world worship the same God?
This isn’t just a theological question, Baylor researchers have found. For Americans, the answer to this question depends on political ideology. Only about one in four (27.5%) conservatives thinks that all religions worship the same God. Almost half of moderates (47.7%) and of liberals (47.3%) feel the same way, according to new results from The Baylor Religion Survey. A notable pattern here, of course, is that the majority of Americans—whatever their political stripe—don’t believe all religions worship the same God.
Conservatives feel they have a sure grip on religious truth, according to the survey. Only 15.9% believe that all religions are true. This contrasts with liberals, of whom about half (45.9%) feel that all religions are true. Political moderates fall in between these two.
How about beliefs in the afterlife? Liberals are generally less likely than conservatives to believe in life after death. Among those that do, only one third believes that it is very likely that they will be reunited with loved ones after death, according to survey results. In contrast, a large majority of political conservatives (64%) believe that it is very likely that they will, indeed, be reunited with loved ones in the afterlife.
Conservatives, then, have a strong view of this world and the next. Liberals, in contrast, have diverse views.
What about you? Do you think that all religions worship the same God?
Do you believe that all religions are true?
Do you believe that you will be reunited with loved ones after death?
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