Finally! An excellent study which supports what I’ve always believed. Namely, the most religious are also the most ignorant. Especially about religion and particularly about its origins. Implicit in the findings is the fact that those who use religion as their foundation for condemning “un-pures”–gays, atheists, Muslims, agnostics, the morally challenged, liberals, and those who fail their religious litmus test–really don’t know what the Hell they're talking about.
History: most religionists think Jesus’ last name is Christ. (I always thought his middle initial was H.) Actually, the appellation should be Jesus THE Christ. Christ meaning messiah or messenger. Additionally, the Jesus depicted in that standard issue church window–of a blue-eyed Caucasian with light blond hair petting sheep–doesn’t depict the real Jesus, who’s skin was much too dark for the comfort level of Southern religionists. Finally, the first four New Testament ... More »
based upon a survey using a lot of demographic information this portrays the extent of our populace's religious knowledge, both about an individual's personal religion and their knowledge of other religions. what this seems to do is confirm many political and social sources' stories which most often portray religious belief as a matter of unthinking faith, not of understanding of facts from either history or other belief systems.
This is an example of good journalism. It describes the test in enough detail to understand the questions. This story explains why so many Americans may such strange decisions regarding religious issues.
Many stories based on Pew research that I've come across today; and this Times report, together with the LATimes story (not posted or queued, appears best written. Atheists and agnostics tend to be people consciously gave it up, often after a great deal of reflection and study. So, it's natural they know more, not only religion but other things. But I'm impressed the way Mormons, who are not considered Christians by many fundamentalists, showed greater knowledge of the Bible than evangelical Christians. This applies to the Jews, as well, who fared well than mormons (20.5 against 20.3, and only 0.4 percent less knowledgeable than the atheists)
Very interesting topic and one that many people should read. I believe that so many people identify themselves as Christian but they really have no idea the significance or details regarding the faith that they claim to partake in. This basic survey shed light to how uninformed Americans are in general especially regarding something that they claim is so vital to them