According to a Newsweek poll, 92% of Americans believe in God. Six percent do not and two percent say they don’t know.
Philosophical atheism is not a problem in our culture. What is a problem is that most of the 92% who say they believe in God don’t exhibit behavior that backs up their belief. God is an idea or a theory they can say “yes” to but God is not an ever-present reality that makes a difference in the way they live their life. This is called practical atheism.
It’s just as common in churches as in culture. For many Christians who say they believe in God, God is not a real presence in their lives. God is an abstract theory. His presence can’t be “felt” in a consistent way.
The question for today: Is it reasonable to expect that God’s presence can be “felt’ by those who say they believe in him or does the life of faith expect us to believe in a Being whose felt presence is absent from day-to-day life most, if not all, of the time?