Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Survey uncovers a religiously ignorant America

By Ernest O. Britton
Inside religious America, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperform evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. 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 do best, and Hispanic Catholics do worst, but just slightly worst than Black and White Protestants. These are among the key findings of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, a nationwide poll conducted from May 19 through June 6, 2010. [link]