Skip to main content

As many of you may have heard, the Pew Research Center has just released a poll testing Americans' knowledge of basic religious questions.  The questions they ask are not fine points of eschatological debate, but pretty basic stuff in the main.  How did we do?

Americans as a whole answered 16 out of 32 questions correctly.  As one would expect, correct answers correlated strongly with overall educational achievement.  But the religious breakdown is interesting.  The number one-scoring group?  Atheists and agnostics, answering 20.9 questions correctly.  Jews came in second, at 20.5, and Mormons scored third, at 20.3.  Protestants came well behind, ahead of Catholics, though overall scores are broken down by race for reasons that are unclear.  Last came "nothing in particular" with 15.2 correct answers.

Interesting that those who know the most about religion subscribe to none of them.  While the obvious conclusion may not be correct, at least it says that atheists and agnostics are not unfamiliar with the topic.  How would you do?

You can take a 15-question mini-quiz to test your knowledge.  Why not give it a try, and let us know how you did.

Originally posted to Dallasdoc on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:13 PM PDT.


How did you score on the religious knowledge quiz?

32%968 votes
32%954 votes
20%598 votes
8%255 votes
3%108 votes
1%33 votes
0%12 votes
0%8 votes
0%4 votes
0%9 votes
0%2 votes
0%15 votes
0%10 votes

| 2976 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences