Many Americans say God inspired the Constitution … except that part about guns

Many Americans say God inspired the Constitution ... except that part about guns

As a growing group of scholars warns against viewing the United States as a Christian nation, new research shows that many Americans see a link between the Constitution and God. More than half of U.S. adults (55%) believe the Constitution is inspired by God, according to the Faith in America survey , which was released in March by Deseret News and Marist Poll. The Deseret-Marist survey used a yes-or-no question to ask about the Constitution’s origins, which may help explain why it found higher support for the idea of divine inspiration than other recent surveys. Pew Research Center reported last fall that only 18% of U.S. adults believe the Constitution was “inspired by God (and) reflects God’s vision for America.” That survey gave respondents more detailed options to choose from, and most (67%) said the “Constitution was written by humans and reflects their vision, not necessarily God’s vision.” Taken together, the surveys show that many Americans are at least open to the idea that divine inspiration helped produce the Constitution. Both found that practicing Christians — and white evangelical Protestants in particular — are especially likely to think God played a role and that more Republicans embrace the idea than Democrats. Americans’ beliefs about the Constitution and their beliefs about the U.S. government’s relationship to religion, more broadly, have been in the spotlight in recent years as scholars work to raise awareness of a concept called “ Christian nationalism .” According to these scholars, as well as some faith […]

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