A ran across a blog written by Benjamin Radford. According to a recent test conducted by "The Pew Forum" has shown that Atheists and Jews seem to know more about religion than others.


"The researchers polled nearly 3,500 Americans and asked them 32 basic questions about world religions, their texts, main figures, and tenets. Most respondents got about half the questions wrong. For example, 45 percent of Catholics polled did not know that the Catholic church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are said to actually and literally become the body and blood of Christ. About as many Americans did not know that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist."


So I decided to take the quiz to see where I stand. The questions are difficult, in the sense that if you don't know it, you just don't know it. It makes the quiz harder to pass without previously knowing the answer.



Hurray! I scored higher than 80% of the public! 



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Comment by Morgan Matthew on March 21, 2011 at 8:38pm
Nice! I got 13 out of 15 right. Thanks for sharing :]
Comment by Michael C. on March 21, 2011 at 9:07pm
Wow I got 13 out of 15! I think atheists definately put more thought into religion than the faithful do, that's why we are atheists!
Comment by James on March 21, 2011 at 9:38pm
13 out of 15 :)
Comment by Jeremy S on March 21, 2011 at 9:50pm
12 out of 15. I think it's biased against theist though. Lol. Most thiests I know are willfully ignorant of other religions and quite a few refuse to read the bible straight through. Especially after I bring up the inconsistencies and maliciousness of the god they worship. I guess it's better to keep faith by any means necessary.
Comment by Adam Weber on March 21, 2011 at 10:38pm


Either that was divine intervention, or I knew all of those questions but one :P.

Comment by Sean Fraser on March 21, 2011 at 11:12pm
80%. Missed the question about Jewish Sabbath (forgot their days begin at sundown!), the nirvana question, and the last question about the first great awakening.
Comment by Ethan Levy on March 21, 2011 at 11:33pm
11 of 15 not bad..
Comment by Scarlette Blues on March 22, 2011 at 12:00am

So, pretty much everyone's scoring high on the test? I wonder what would happen if this was posted on a religious forum?


@Isaac- I also missed the question about the First Great Awakening. I had never heard of it before this test. I'm glad I know about it now though.


"The First Great Awakening (or The Great Awakening) was a religious revitalization movement that swept the Atlantic world, and especially the American colonies in the 1730s and 1740s, leaving a permanent impact on American religion. It resulted from powerful preaching that gave listeners a sense of personal guilt and of their need of salvation by Christ. Pulling away from ritual and ceremony, the Great Awakening made religion intensely personal to the average person by fostering a deep sense of spiritual guilt and redemption, and by encouraging introspection and a commitment to a new standard of personal morality. It brought Christianity to African slaves and was an apocalyptic event in New England that challenged established authority. It incited rancor and division between old traditionalists who insisted on the continuing importance of ritual and doctrine, and the newrevivalists, who encouraged emotional involvement and personal commitment. It had a major impact in reshaping the Congregational church, thePresbyterian church, the Dutch Reformed Church, and the German Reformed denomination, and strengthened the small Baptist and Methodistdenominations. It had little impact on Anglicans and Quakers. Unlike the Second Great Awakening, that began about 1800 and which reached out to theunchurched, the First Great Awakening focused on people who were already church members. It changed their rituals, their piety, and their self awareness."

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 22, 2011 at 2:01am
80% (12/15) and I didn't see which one's I got wrong, although I had no clue about the 'first great awakening'.
Comment by Mr. Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 7:45am

12 out of 15.

I had to guess a couple related to US law and I actually don't know very much about religions other than Catholicism (even then I don't know a huge amount, certainly nothing detailed about the Bible other than it's blindingly stupid sections :) ) so I'm quite surprised.


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