A Poll of Philosophers’ Positions, Including On Theism

A pair of philosophers recently conducted a poll of the philosophy departments in the top western universities, asking for the staff’s positions on various prominent questions, belief in god among them.

http://io9.com/what-percentage-of-philosophers-believe-in-god-485784336

The results are fascinating but not particularly surprising. The “believe in god” question is really a theist/non-theist/other question.

It would be interesting to break down the less than 15% who are theistic further because I’d like to see how many actually posit a personal god of the western monotheistic tradition, a Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans. I bet the number with that belief is less than 5% of the total polled. It should be 0% given the study required to gain a PhD in Philosophy, but theism tends to be part of one’s fundamental worldview and it’s certainly possible to make it through a PhD program  with that worldview intact, not as a proper philosopher mind you, but as an academic who takes an external view of philosophy.

I’d also like to see the “other” responses broken down further, since I bet there are some fascinating beliefs hiding in that bucket. I would place myself squarely in the non-theist camp, but I can’t help being fascinated by the mystery of the “other” camp. What do they see that I don’t?

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