A new study from psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals most American Christians believe God looks like an average white guy in his 20s.
But Twitter isn't too sure about that. The team of psychologists used a sample of 511 Americans composed of 330 men and 181 women. Black participants comprised 26 percent, and 74 percent were Caucasian. Researchers gave them a stack of faces to pick from, and many chose a young white male as the face of God, according to NBC News.
“From Michelangelo to Monty Python, popular illustrations have consistently shown God as an old and august white-bearded Caucasian man,” the researchers wrote in their study.
But times are changing. People want a kinder and gentler version of the Almighty according to the researchers — and apparently, this means their higher power is still white and male, just younger.
“People tend to believe in a God that looks like them,” Professor Kurt Gray, the study’s senior author, told NBC News. “And most of the people who took part were male and white."
Biblical descriptions of Jesus paint a different picture in which makes the son of God a brown-skinned, curly-haired man.
“I think it’s because for millennia Christians have been led to think of God as male and white,” Gray added. “It’s changing a little now, but the church hierarchies are still mostly male and mostly white. In the Catholic Church, for example, the Pope is male, and the priests are still only male.”
A lot of people could not see God looking like Chris Pratt, primarily when the Word of God doesn't describe the son of God as a white man.
Bible: Hair like wool. Feet the color of clay.
White folks: https://t.co/9Jq10EXrvT
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 13, 2018
This definitely looks like the kind of god who’d tell me that I got into heaven bc of affirmative action https://t.co/jWkBRUHdlV
— White-adjacent Wilma. (@thewayoftheid) June 12, 2018
Live footage of this God when you actually have the audacity to turn up and claim your spot in heaven pic.twitter.com/idz7LTwMab
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) June 13, 2018
I have never thought about what God looks like. That they spent time drawing this would indicate they dont read the religious texts they quote.
— AdrienneSamuelsGibbs (@AdrienneWrites) June 13, 2018
feet of bronze.
— jarel powell (@powelljar99) June 13, 2018
— MarkLassiter (@misterearl15) June 13, 2018
That's not Jesus. That's Chad.
— Nick Fiorentino (@fiorentino_nick) June 13, 2018