Friday, October 1, 2010

Who Knows The Most About Religion?

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released its U.S.Religious Knowledge Survey recently and found that atheists/agnostics know more about religion in general than evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics.  "On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey ...  Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers.  Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively.  Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7.  Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons perform better than other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing levels of education."  (As an aside, you'll notice that the Pew Forum doesn't consider Mormons to be Protestants of any stripe because of their bizarre beliefs such as baptizing and marrying the dead - whether the dead want to be baptized or married or not.  These abhorrent practices necessitate their preoccupation with genealogy.  Have you ever read the small print on those "ancestry" sites and noticed where the head office is?  But I digress...)  You can read more and take a mini-survey at  http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx