Saturday's Herald-Leader carried an article by Terry Lee Goodrich on Baylor's recent survey on how people pray. I was surprised to find that a very small percentage (5%) of their respondents prayed to Jesus as opposed to "sometimes" to Jesus, but primarily to "God."
Given the wording, I wonder just what the survey asked?
Of course, 9% said "no one special."
Poor Jesus, I guess he's not as popular as he used to be?
A friend once told me about a seminary class in which the professor took a survey of who prayed to God the Father, and who prayed to God the Son.
"Most of you are closet Arians," the professor concluded. The prof was probably kidding around (otherwise that would be more than a little harsh!), but it's an interesting observation.
I know it's normal piety to pray to "God in Jesus' name," but that always sounded kind of weird to me. When I pray, it's primarily to Jesus by name. It's not a way of being spiritually fastidious - I'm not worried particularly about praying like an Arian - it's just what I do. My other usual invocation would be to the Trinity, especially; that is a question of being picky about theology. Occasionally I will invoke the other persons of the Trinity alone, but usually it's "Jesus" or the "Trinitarian God."
But I never pray to "God."
I guess I'm kind of henotheist, and I want to be really clear about which god.
To whom do you pray?
Oh, and Paul Prather had this really neat column, too: "Being a liberal isn't so bad - but I'm not one."
Which reminds me, if you've not read this, you should. I consider it a public service: "Why 'Liberal' Really Is a 'Dirty' Word."
(Yeah, I do think highly of myself.)