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Are you smarter than an atheist? A religious quiz
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/04/2010

Posted on 10/04/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.

How will you do on the quiz? Write down your answers as you go.

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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: atheist; quiz; religion
Recently the Pew Research Foundation took a poll on religious "knowledge".

The above link shows the quiz that was given to atheists, agnostics and believers.

The media is spinning the results of this poll to say that atheists are more knowledgeable about religion than are those who profess to be religious.

Atheists/Agnostics correctly answered 20.9 of the 32 questions. Jews correctly answered 20.5 questions. For some reason Protestants and Catholics were broken out by race while Atheists/Agnostics weren't. In any case, Catholics averaged 16 right answers while Protestants averaged 17.6.

1 posted on 10/04/2010 6:48:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Do you happen to know which of these is the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology?

If you are going to ask questions like this why not ask about Baal? Bet Christians and Jews come up 10X more likely to know what that is than atheists.


2 posted on 10/04/2010 6:53:48 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

“For some reason Protestants and Catholics were broken out by race while Atheists/Agnostics weren’t.”

Too bad there was no category for PRACTICING Catholics.

;-)


3 posted on 10/04/2010 6:54:56 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t know who they are testing. I’m Lutheran and got 30 of them right. More propoganda.


4 posted on 10/04/2010 6:57:39 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I’d like to make a quiz on atheism:

1. What has killed more people? The People’s Revolution or The Inquisition?

2. Was Lee Harvey Oswald: A) Capitalist, Evangelical Christian, C) Communist

3. Was Jim Jones: A) Pentecostal, B) Mormon, C) Communist

4. Adolf Hitler’s “Master Race and Eugenics” was greatly influenced from reading A) The Bible, B) The Wealth of Nations, C) The Origin of Species


5 posted on 10/04/2010 7:00:31 AM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: p. henry

I actually posted a critique of this quiz here :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2600777/posts

BTW, I am Evangelical Christian and got 31 right.

I was mistaken in my belief that the Supreme Court permitted a teacher to lead a class in prayer ( that was one of the questions ). Of course I PERSONALLY DISAGREE with the Supreme Court’s decision. THAT WAS *NOT* the original intent of the framers.


6 posted on 10/04/2010 7:03:28 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: DManA

I’m Assemblies of God and got 31/32 right.


7 posted on 10/04/2010 7:04:14 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: p. henry

I’m non-sectarian and got 28 right. I think the atheists do better because they tend to come from the ranks of higher-IQ individuals. Their intelligence tends to lead them toward arrogance, and the notion that their opinions are superior to those of the multitudes. Really smart people like you and I are clever enough to understand how ignorant we really are—a humbling revelation, to be sure!


8 posted on 10/04/2010 7:04:54 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I got 30 out of 32 right! (missed #21 and #8)


9 posted on 10/04/2010 7:06:03 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SeekAndFind

I got 100% when I took it.


10 posted on 10/04/2010 7:08:10 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SeekAndFind

14 Right, 93%. I think I blew the one about the “First Great Awakening” I’m a Lutheran, although I don’t know how much longer ELCA.


11 posted on 10/04/2010 7:10:03 AM PDT by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: SeekAndFind

This Catholic got 29 out of 32

I will note this: Only 7 of the 32 questions dealt with Christian faith.

Reports of this study would like to portray Christians as ignorant. However I have a different take...Christians choose to concentrate on their Christian faith rather than learn about Hindu gods, Muslim history, etc


12 posted on 10/04/2010 7:11:08 AM PDT by kidd
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To: SumProVita

I’m Catholic. Went to Mass yesterday. Got all 32 right (even Jonathan Edwards).

Laus Deo!


13 posted on 10/04/2010 7:12:04 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: p. henry

I agree. Not sure what this proves if anything. A sample of a few dozen questions is hardly definitive.

So, here is one to think about that goes deeper into the intelligence of one of the groups: How can “atheism” make any sense?

I mean this is a “belief” that apparenlty is founded on the existence fo God. Think about it. The very name includes God in it. I know it means “not God”, but the fact is that atheism only makes sense in the context of God. If God truly does not exist, Athism would need to have invented God, just so they could negate Him.

Atheism depends on God for its very existence. There is no way to think about “not-God” without thinking about God.

Atheism cannot be a positive belief. What do atheists actually believe in? What would they say their belief system is? I have a hard time thinking about “not God” as something assertive, positive, foundational, fundamental or otherwise axiomatic. There is just way too much other stuff that has to be established about God for atheism to make any sense as a system designed for the gainsaying of God.

Frankly, I think atheism is a nonsensical logical construct. It si like division by zero - absurd. Atheists are not, in fact, clear thinkers. They subscribe to a system of illogic, the very opposite of what they would claim.

So, I know atheists may be offended by my proposition, but I sincerely welcome their defense of the “not God” point of non-view.

My argument is that the logic is flawed. What is the counter argument?


14 posted on 10/04/2010 7:12:38 AM PDT by sleepy_hollow
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To: SeekAndFind

31 right. I missed #29, I thought nirvana was Hindu.


15 posted on 10/04/2010 7:13:42 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: SeekAndFind

100%

It is not a test that reveals anything about a person’s relationship with Christ. It merely shows book learning.


16 posted on 10/04/2010 7:14:23 AM PDT by Jemian (52 - 3)
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To: 75thOVI

I’m Lutheran too, former ELCA, and I missed the ones about Buddhism and Hinduism - I can never keep their beliefs straight. I would guess that Atheists and Agnostics might have explored a variety of religions in more detail, perhaps, before deciding they did not believe in anything....


17 posted on 10/04/2010 7:14:30 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

What’d you get wrong?


18 posted on 10/04/2010 7:14:47 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I got 32 out of 32.

Of course the form of the quiz was really a trivia quiz about world religions, so it’s hardly surprising that subpopulations with a bias toward more education in the secular sense—both atheists, many of whom abandoned faith due to a surfeit of secular education, and Jews who traditionally value education in general, would score higher on such a quiz than would the general population.


19 posted on 10/04/2010 7:19:16 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: DManA

Maimonides. I’m going to blame that mistake on the lack of early morning caffeine.


20 posted on 10/04/2010 7:24:49 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: SeekAndFind

Atheists got 65% right. Still pretty poor. They got about 5 more questions right than the worst.


21 posted on 10/04/2010 7:27:35 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: SeekAndFind

32 out of 32. RC.


22 posted on 10/04/2010 7:28:43 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: SeekAndFind

Well that’s lame.

I took the same test a few days ago and missed only one question but they want me to keep score?

I take mulligans all day long and don’t tell anyone.


23 posted on 10/04/2010 7:34:31 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: wideawake

I got 31 out of 32. Mormon. I missed the one about the First Great Awakening.


24 posted on 10/04/2010 7:35:22 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: MNDude

Good call.


25 posted on 10/04/2010 7:36:03 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This Catholic got 31 out of 32. Whoo-hoo!


26 posted on 10/04/2010 7:36:46 AM PDT by Juana la Loca
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To: WebFocus

I missed the same question.


27 posted on 10/04/2010 7:37:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: DManA

The questions were mostly eastern religions, political.mormon .

I missed 2 of the 32.. both eastern religion questions


28 posted on 10/04/2010 7:40:33 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

The Greek god question has more to do with classical literature and history than religion.


29 posted on 10/04/2010 7:44:35 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

I would say question #32 was almost a trick question. If you didn’t read it carefully you might think they are asking what day is the Jewish Sabbath.


30 posted on 10/04/2010 7:46:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
30. Do you happen to know which of these is the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology?

I wonder why they chose to phrase the question in this way, rather than, "Which is the king of the gods in Greek mythology?"

As they have it written, the correct answer would be either Yes or No.

31 posted on 10/04/2010 7:55:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.)
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To: Tax-chick
20. Please tell me which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?

That's not a question: it's a command. Why have they put a question mark on it?

32 posted on 10/04/2010 7:59:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.)
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To: SumProVita

You meant practicing Protestants as well of course, and how would they define them besides asking them?


33 posted on 10/04/2010 7:59:55 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: DManA

Exactly, and the political questions as well.

I would not call this a “religious “ quiz


34 posted on 10/04/2010 8:00:34 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Tax-chick
14. Would you tell me if Joseph Smith was ...?

No, I would not tell you. Look it up in the encyclopedia, if you don't know.

35 posted on 10/04/2010 8:02:01 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.)
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To: ansel12

“You meant practicing Protestants as well of course, and how would they define them besides asking them?”

Exactly! Though many refer to themselves as Christians/Catholics...it may be a name only.


36 posted on 10/04/2010 8:06:05 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

Orthodox Presbyterian here, raised Southern Baptist. I got 31/32 right.


37 posted on 10/04/2010 8:06:34 AM PDT by LatinaGOP
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To: Tax-chick
3. Do you happen to know the name of the holy book of Islam?

Yes, I do. I should get full credit for this answer, as well as for "No," if that were my response.

What is wrong with these people? Why can't they phrase a simple interrogative to elicit a factual answer?

38 posted on 10/04/2010 8:07:47 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I missed 1 question but all I need to know about religion is that Christ is my Savior and the only way to eternal life is through Him.


39 posted on 10/04/2010 8:08:04 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Russ

Exactly right. If someone is a Christian why would they want to know about Mormonism or Hinduism? The whole premise
that atheists are more knowledgeable about religion than are those who profess to be religious is wrong.


40 posted on 10/04/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: SeekAndFind

The conclusions being drawn from the results of the survey are silly. The questions aren’t even all about religion - there were some related to the Constitution and judicial decisions. While knowing the decisions might be helpful, not knowing them doesn’t mean someone has less knowledge of religion than one who does.


41 posted on 10/04/2010 8:19:13 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

As I said above, got 31 right.

I answered one question wrongly and it was PRECISELY on the Supreme Court’s decision that found classroom prayer unconstitutional.

I was mistaken in my belief that the Supreme Court permitted a teacher to lead a class in prayer ( that was one of the questions ). Of course I PERSONALLY DISAGREE with the Supreme Court’s decision. THAT WAS *NOT* the original intent of the framers.

Classroom prayers WERE a part of MANY schools prior to this novel decision made by our modern SCOTUS.


42 posted on 10/04/2010 8:24:33 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: SumProVita

If someone says he is, then it is pretty difficult for a pollster to argue with. What kind of rules and interrogation would decide purity, and what difference would it really mean anyway?


43 posted on 10/04/2010 8:31:53 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
I think the atheists do better because they tend to come from the ranks of higher-IQ individuals.

Well, many of them want to think that. Then Steven Hawking says something stupid like gravity could create something from nothing, proving them wrong.

44 posted on 10/04/2010 8:51:14 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: kidd

**Only 7 of the 32 questions dealt with Christian faith.**

Slanted quiz, in my opinion.


45 posted on 10/04/2010 8:59:50 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ansel12

“If someone says he is, then it is pretty difficult for a pollster to argue with. What kind of rules and interrogation would decide purity, and what difference would it really mean anyway?”

Not to worry...I would never suggest any sort of “interrogation.” ;-)

I was merely stating what is obvious to those who are Christians. The entire poll was nonsense in my opinion and being used as some sort of attempt to *prove* that Christians are ignorant. Silly....


46 posted on 10/04/2010 9:12:47 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

Got all 32 correct.


47 posted on 10/05/2010 7:00:13 AM PDT by Jaded (I realized that after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F)
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To: DManA

I got 23 correct - that wasn’t too bad. The question about saved by faith kinda stumped me because I wanted it to say faith in Jesus Christ then I would have known what to put.


48 posted on 11/10/2010 2:24:58 PM PST by Bitsy
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