Religious Illiteracy

September 28, 2010

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.
On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.


CNN has 10 questions:

This scientist and religion abstainer got 9 of 10.

This is hardly a surprise. The TW letters to the editor demonstrate the stupidity all the time. If they were smart the TW would just not print them or put them in the religion section. The same old issues get flogged time after time.
“There is no separation of Church and State” “Majority rules so I can poke anyone else in the eye with a monument.” “That religion is a religion of hate”, “We have every right to teach OUR religous doctrine in schools” etc. etc. ad nauseum.



  1. I got 10 out of 10! 😛

    It’s really shocking how little many religious people know about their own religion. And how little they know about the Bible, which they believe to be literally true in all respects.

    (Maybe if they knew about some of the things that it says, they would have a harder time believing it.

  2. I have come to the conclusion that the TW makes no effort to print good letters or intelligent letters. They seem to me to print letters that they think will get them the most web traffic. Abortion and guns are the two topics that seem to get the most hits.

  3. and maybe if they followed some of the rules in it – or nearly any other religion – they would be nicer people. As is is it is “beleive what I say — or…”

  4. The graphic that came with that Pew survey is worth a look. Atheists/agnostics are the most knowledgeable, Jews are in second place, and Mormons are in third place.

    White Evangelical Protestants finished a distant fourth. Not a very good showing for our most in-your-face Christians, is it?

    Some fundamentalists claim that Mormons aren’t really Christians – although if that’s true, why would they call themselves the “Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints”?

    Apparently no Orthodox Christians took part in the survey, although I’m guessing they would have done pretty well.

    How does one explain the religious knowledge of atheists/agnostics? Is it that the deeper you dig, the more contradictions and downright impossibilities that you find?

  5. I agree with you Gray on those TW letters. They are put up there BECAUSE they are written by the POSTERS.. let’s get real here.

    That Tulsa World Forum is rigged by sock puppets… I counted at least 60.. at my last visit. They say the same thing over and over again. Off a script. Any normal blogger CAN see right through it. I invited many people from other forums to check it out.. They all said the same thing.. Some even tested them. Ha ha.

    Caught them with their own posing.

    Too funny. If they only let the thing go.. it would be a great forum. Let a independent moderation company take over. However, they won’t.

    These editors/writers don’t like to get blasted.. EGO.. is too great.

    We have a TAKE DOWN.. on threads. and then some.

    I don’t learn anything on the TW forums. And the satire is gone. No funny.. at least the Usatoday offers funny posts accompanied with funny avies.

    I scored an 8. I am surprised there weren’t questions on biblical history. I used to teach sunday school.

    BTW, October should be an interesting month. Politically speaking. The markets will be stale.

    One interesting piece in the TW today was Wayne Greene editorial. I do wonder about that Sharia Law..

  6. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

    You must have overlooked that part. I have never encountered such a hateful person as you. You give Christianity a bad name.

    Do us a favor and stay away.

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