Researchers with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently created a composite of what Christians in the United States think God looks like.
Based on the responses of 511 participants, the Almighty is a kind-looking, young-to-middle-aged white man.
“Participants in the study saw hundreds of randomly varying face-pairs and selected which face from each pair appeared more like how they imagined God to appear,” a university release states.
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In addition to resulting in an image, the study revealed quite a bit about what informs people’s perceptions.
Political affiliation was one notable influencer.
According to the release, “Liberals tended to see God as more feminine, younger, and more loving than conservatives. Conservatives also saw God as more Caucasian and more powerful than liberals.”
“People’s perceptions also related to their own demographic characteristics. Younger people believed in a younger-looking God,” the university further notes. “People who reported being more physically attractive also believed in a more physically attractive God. And African Americans believed in a God that looked more African American than did Caucasians.”