Pray In Your Closet

28 Sep

One of the things about being an atheist, is that people think it’s a no-brainer. Like you just wake up one day and say “Hey, that church that my parents raised me in, the one that married and buried everyone in my family? I think I’ll skip it.” People who make a conscious decision to give up their faith have generally given it a lot more thought than those who blindly follow.

And now testing supports that.

If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.

Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths.

A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn’t identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation, according to the survey… Four in 10 Catholics misunderstood the meaning of their church’s central ritual, incorrectly saying that the bread and wine used in Holy Communion are intended to merely symbolize the body and blood of Christ, not actually become them.

Those are easy questions, of course, and you wonder how much harder they got, as the test progressed.

One interesting point is that Jews and Mormons scored just below atheists, and above Christians. So not only do they know more about Christianity than most Christians, but it also hammers home the fact that Christians know virtually nothing about Judaism or LDS, or any other religion, frankly. Nor do most of them seem remotely interested in learning, even though the Bible says you should always be seeking, in order to learn more about your own faith.

And they call us unknowing.

Read the whole thing… but with a grain of salt:

For comparison purposes, the survey also asked some questions about general knowledge, which yielded the scariest finding: 4% of Americans believe that Stephen King, not Herman Melville, wrote “Moby Dick.”

Hee. But also, yikes.

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