The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has released the results of a 32-question religious quiz it administered to over 3400 Americans. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 questions correct, about three points higher than evangelicals and four points higher than Catholics and mainline Protestants. From the article:
Among the topics covered in the survey were: Where was Jesus born? What is Ramadan? Whose writings inspired the Protestant Reformation? Which Biblical figure led the exodus from Egypt? What religion is the Dalai Lama? Joseph Smith? Mother Teresa? In most cases, the format was multiple choice.The average American got more than half the questions wrong. That's just pathetic.
The researchers said that the questionnaire was designed to represent a breadth of knowledge about religion, but was not intended to be regarded as a list of the most essential facts about the subject. Most of the questions were easy, but a few were difficult enough to discern which respondents were highly knowledgeable.
On questions about the Bible and Christianity, the groups that answered the most right were Mormons and white evangelical Protestants.
On questions about world religions, like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, the groups that did the best were atheists, agnostics and Jews.
SecularProLife.org's primary goal is to make abortion unthinkable for people of every faith and no faith. But in the process, members are getting to know people from different religions and cultures. The core pro-life belief is that every human being is a unique person of value; our diversity is therefore an asset, not a liability. I encourage pro-life Christians who want to brush up on their knowledge of world religions to stop by our facebook group and make a friend of another faith background.
And in case you were wondering:
Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Ramadan is a holy month in Islam.
Martin Luther's writings spawned the Protestant Reformation.
Moses led the exodus from Egypt.
The Dalai Lama is Buddhist.
Joseph Smith was Mormon.
Mother Teresa was Catholic.