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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.
“I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people,” Mr. Silverman said. “Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That’s how you make atheists.”
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons perform better than other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing levels of education.
The fact that atheist/agnostics score high is not a surprise either. Many delve into that knowledge in attempts to debunk or defame. No different than say someone who is against the idea of man made global warming may have a larger understanding of such things than say someone who just blindly agrees with the concept. They have no further need for proof and their mind is already made up.
originally posted by: JDmOKI
a reply to: Klassified
I'm not surprised by this study at all nor do i expect the data to change if done by a different group. The question is does this study correlate to other countries like Europe.
originally posted by: roth1
I think most religious people count on a preacher to teach, more than the book. There isn't the problem. They don't seek out the truth. As far as global warming. 90% of experts say it is true. Cars make heat, your cloths dryer, lighting everywhere, heat in homes, fires from natural and man made sources, and yes pollution create a gaseous layer to hold heat down. Read it helps.a reply to: NihilistSanta
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Klassified
This is probably because many Atheists and Agnostics were religious at one point and it is through investigating their religion and its inconsistencies that they lost their faith. I know that is what happened to me.