Jews and Mormons also outscore Protestants and Catholics
by Larry Simons
September 29, 2010
In a new poll conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Atheists, Agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
On average, Americans correctly answer 50% of religious questions [16 out of 32], but when broken down into religious groups, here are the results:
Average # of questions answered correctly out of 32
White evangelical Protestant........17.6
White mainline Protestant........15.8
Nothing in particular........15.2
This really does not shock me since most Protestants and Catholics possess basic knowledge of Biblical dates, names, places, customs, characters and core teachings out of repetitious exposure alone, while very few actually study and research this information. On the other hand, most atheists and agnostics, no doubt, study, research and investigate this information, simply because they refuse to blindly accept [by faith] the Bible like most Protestants and Catholics do.
This poll is a brilliant reflection of what we normally see in every day life or in the mainstream media: People claiming to be religious while either spewing the most vile rhetoric one can imagine or committing crimes so horrendous, it could make a Satan worshipper shudder. These are the people who act as if they are God’s chosen prophets, but when it comes down to knowing what the Bible actually teaches, they don’t know shit from shinola.
I have made it no secret on my blog and in my personal life that I am agnostic. I took the 15-question religious knowledge quiz posted on the Pew Forum website. I did quite well, answering 14 out of the 15 correctly.
Here are my results [if you plan on taking the quiz here, take it before viewing my results]
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