Americans Believe God Helps Them with Decisions

Americans believe God helps them with decisions according to a recent study by Scott Schieman, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto, 82% of the participants said they depended on God for guidance in making decisions.

71% of the respondents said they believed that when good or bad things happen to them, it was part of God’s plan. 61% of those who participated in the research said they firmly believe that God had determined the direction of their life.

Contrary to modern business management thinking, 32% said, “There is no sense in planning a lot because ultimately my fate is in God’s hands.”

These beliefs crossed educational and economic boundaries. According to the study, those with more income and a higher education, and who considered themselves religious, shared the same beliefs about divine intervention as those who were less educated and less financially secure.

“Many of us might assume that people of higher social class standing tend to reject beliefs about divine intervention,” Schieman said. “However, my findings indicate that while this is true among those less committed to religious life, it is not the case for people who are more committed to religious participation and rituals.”

Posted Mar 10, 2010

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