The image that heads this entrance is the face of God. At least, it is an average image of how a few hundred Catholics imagine the face of their god.
Beyond the fact that the image is a bit of nonsense without any value, what does turn out to be interesting is what each Catholic valued as a face more or less similar to his idea of God, leaving in evidence various biases, especially the so-called egocentric.
The god of the liberals
Psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used a new technique to build the image with the help of 511 American Christians. The participants in the study saw hundreds of pairs of faces that varied randomly and selected which face of each pair looked more like what they imagined would be God’s.
The biases that were found were very curious. For example, God’s perceptions of people tended to depend in part on their political affiliation. Liberals tended to see God as more feminine, younger and more loving than conservatives.
The conservatives also saw God as more Caucasian and more powerful than the Liberals. According to Joshua Conrad Jackson, lead author of the study:
These biases may have arisen from the kind of societies that liberals and conservatives want. Previous research shows that conservatives are more motivated than liberals to live in a well-ordered society, one that would be better reflected by a powerful God. On the other hand, liberals are more motivated to live in a tolerant society, which would be better represented by a loving God.
The younger ones believed in a younger God. The most physically attractive people also believed in a more physically attractive God. And African Americans believed in a God who looked more African American than Caucasians.
What everyone seemed to agree on was sex: God is a man, not a woman.