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New survey shows Americans ignorant about religion

How much do you know about religion?
How much do you know about religion?

Do you know when the Jewish Sabbath begins?

How about which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt?

What was Mother Teresa's religion?

Despite 6-in-10 US adults claiming religion is 'very important,' the results of a recent Pew Research Forum survey prove otherwise. Americans appear to be largely ignorant of various facts about world religions, with atheists and agnostics scoring the highest.

Read the full report here.

The research concludes that the single greatest factor contributing towards religious knowledge is educational level.

Also a contributing factor? How much you go to church.

The report contains this shocking fact: "People with the highest levels of religious commitment – those who say that they attend worship services at least once a week and that religion is very important in their lives – generally demonstrate higher levels of religious knowledge than those with medium or low religious commitment.”

Who would have guessed that people who claim faith is critical to their lives and frequently attend church know more about religion than people who don’t care.

Take the 15 question sample test to see how you stack up against the rest of the US.


  • xexon 4 years ago

    This is a good thing for the country actually.

    It helps loosen the grip of political powers that often use religious belief as a lubricant for their philosophy.

    Like the Tea Party.


  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    So...then... ignorance is bliss? I wonder how many people polled would be able to provide details on topics such as Lindsey Lohan's drug problems or well... you get the idea.

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