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U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

On questions about Christianity – including a battery of questions about the Bible – Mormons… and white evangelical Protestants… show the highest levels of knowledge. Jews and atheists/agnostics stand out for their knowledge of other world religions… Atheists/agnostics and Jews also do particularly well on questions about the role of religion in public life.

[Oddly, wherever cited in media, which is often, this study is read only to say that atheists/agnostics know more about Christianity than Christians — did they read it?  Additionally, self-identification is terribly misleading; most self-identified Christians are not regular attenders of a church, so to what extent do they really count as Christian? Why are those who self-identify as no religion not considered atheist/agnostic, which is what their lives show?  In this latter case atheists and agnostics would have the worst results by far.  This is not the story that the journalists would like to tell, however.  There is also a reason they did not point out how much better whites fared than blacks and Hispanics.  I’m not saying they should, just that the numbers are reported not by what they say but by what pre-existent story they can be used to reinforce. – JR]

via U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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