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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Religion Quiz

The topic de jour:

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not.  I have frequently found that even very religious people don’t know what’s in their own bible, least of all anyone else’s.  People talk about the Bible being the unimpeachable word of God and then are shocked when it has things like the levirate duty.  I’m not sure WHAT IT ALL MEANS.  But I thought it was an interesting result.

You can take a short version here. The only I missed was the last one. The quiz is not difficult.  The questions are less “What two people in the Bible never died?” than “Who started the Protestant Reformation?”.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/29/10 at 07:16 PM in Religion and Sky Pixies  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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