In US, atheists know religion better than believers. Is that bad?

A new study shows that many devout Americans know less about religion than do atheists. To some observers, it suggests a shallowness of faith. To others, it is evidence that Americans know the spirit better than the letter of religion. ... Full Story »

Posted by Gerard Barberi - via Google News (Religion), Christian Science Monitor, Google News (U.S.), Thanh Tran (t), Thanh Tran (f), Fabrice Florin (f)

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William Hardy
2.3
by William Hardy - Sep. 29, 2010

The article provides only a very brief summary of the Pew Forum survey. In summarizing the results by faith, it fails to mentions that Jews and Mormons were included in the survey and did almost as well as atheists and agnostics. The article quotes reactions from several people who seem unfamiliar with the details of the survey and ends up being misleading since their reactions are presented as if they reflected the content of the survey itself. A link is provided to a Christian Science Monitor quizz, "Are you smarter than an atheist," which reproduces questions from the survey, but not the Pew study itself.

“You don’t know who Jesus is if you don’t even know Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.”

Nice quote, but naming the four gospels wasn’t on the survey.

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