How much do Americans really know about religion? Test your knowledge
If you took a quiz on facts about the major world religions, how would you do?
According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion, most Americans scored less than 50 percent on a 32-question quiz about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
The survey had some surprising results. It turns out that Atheists, Agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on the 32-question survey, averaging more than 20 questions correct, in contrast to 14-16 for the larger Christian denominations.
Stephen Prothero, CNN Belief blogger and author of "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know-and Doesn't" argues that the survey confirms that "our collective religious ignorance as a civic problem of the first order." He suggests that society can't understand world conflict without a better understanding of religion and its history and calls for public school courses on the Bible and the world's religions to remedy this problem.
On the other hand, Richard Amesbury from the Claremont School of Theology writes on Patheos.com, "it is hard to tell whether the results of the survey are cause for alarm or celebration." He says the academic facts in the survey seem "to betray a subtle disdain for lived religion — religion as it is practiced by ordinary people — and a preference for what elites take to be important."
I missed one question. How do you score?