Atheists Outscore Most American Christians On Basic Judeo-Christian Religious Knowledge


Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring
groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum
on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32
questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9
correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3).

Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got
14.7 questions right.

The US Religious Knowledge Survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Forum
on Religion & Public Life, found atheists and agnostics know more
basic facts about the Bible than either Protestants or Catholics.
Among the other findings:

— 57 percent of Protestants can name the Bible’s four gospels.

— 55 percent of Catholics know their tradition teaches that
sacramental bread and wine become Christ’s body and blood.

— 15 percent of white evangelicals know Jonathan Edwards participated
in the First Great Awakening.

Source: “Are you smarter than an atheist? A religious quiz” from
Christian Science Monitor at
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0928/Are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist-A-reli…

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