"People's sense of the divine is remarkably widespread and tangible, even if they don't call it God. Clearly, there's a sense of the sacred prevalent throughout society."
A new national survey of the nation's religious beliefs, which finds 55% of all adults believe they have been protected from harm by a guardian angel, has surprised sociologist Christopher Bader of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
"I would never have expected these numbers. It was the biggest surprise to me in our findings," said Bader.
According to a report in USA Today, members of almost every major religious group in the U.S.?and even those professing no religion at all?sensed angels "running heavenly interference" in their lives. Of course, for unbelievers this should beg the question: "Where did angels come from?"
"People's sense of the divine is remarkably widespread and tangible, even if they don't call it God. Clearly, there's a sense of the sacred prevalent throughout society," says Matthew Gilbert of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California.
On a side note, many respondents also said they have "heard the voice of God" or "felt God speaking to me."