Atheists Know the Most about Religion

8/us/28religion.html” target=”_blank”>The New York Times reports:

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.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

Scandalize you any?

Take the quiz at Pew’s website and, when it shows you how little you know, go out and brush up with Buddha-killer Stephen Prothero’s Religious Literacy and his latest, God Is Not One. (This editor has read them and, rest assured, scored 15/15 on the online test.)