Secular Humanism, Baby!

How could you not laugh to hear the results of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey?

On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons perform better than other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing levels of education.

Atheists and agnostics FTW!

The Forum published this helpful quiz so you can see how you stack up against the rest of us. You know that I cannot wait to tell you that I got 15 out of 15 correct.

Some would say that the very definition of faith is believing in something anyway even if you don’t understand it or know the answers. Fair enough. But at what point does faith without understanding become a liability and not grace?

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One Response to Secular Humanism, Baby!

  1. Bill Shirley says:

    I think it’s good that the highest correct response (89%) was for the prayer in schools question:

    According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not?

    unfortunately, the followup related question was one of the lowest (23%):

    According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to read from the Bible as an example of literature, or not?

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