Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When It Comes to Religion, Americans Don't Want to Know

Americans love their religion.  The United States is one of the most religious countries in what we used to call Christendom.   But it seems that Americans may love religion just so long as they don't have to learn about it.  From The New York Times:

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age
and racial differences.

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