Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Atheists Score Highest on Religious Literacy Test

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/28/religious-literacy-americ_n_741391.html

4 comments:

  1. In the entrepreneurial spirit that is America; this might be the beginning of a lucrative enterprise. E.g., “Americans don’t know much about…" etc. etc. - Maybe a book or T.V series --a wealth of material; all in good fun. Yet this article exemplifies the idea that knowledge is insight, and rigid doctrine is information left unchallenged.

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  2. I took the abbreviated online quiz (15 questions) and got 100%. It's hardly fair, though, since the article itself gives a couple of them away, had I not known them already, and I was guessing on another one. Plus, since I actually teach comparative religion sometimes, the fact that I happen to be an atheist may not count for much. How'd other people do?

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  3. I scored a 14 out of 15, but I am hesitant to attribute my relatively high score to my atheism. I think the decision to be well versed and knowledgeable is independent of religious affiliation, and the results of the nationwide quiz may not actually indicate much of anything.

    If anyone is wondering, I got the question about the Jewish sabbath wrong. I forgot that it begins on Friday.

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  4. I also scored 14/15; I'd never heard of Joseph Smith.

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