A huge new study has found that I am “relatively rare.”
In the survey, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life posed 32 questions about the Bible, religions and the Constitution to more than 3,400 Americans. Most scored 50 percent or less on the quiz. (I scored 100 percent, putting me in the “relatively rare” category. Phew.)
DemWit readers of duration know I am Christian. As a Christian, I am appalled that people who insist America is a Christian nation have disgraced themselves in this study.
Appalled, but not the least bit surprised. I have long known that the teachings of Jesus Christ get little attention from many who carry the Christian banner.
My guess that atheists and agnostics probably scored highest proved correct as I read the results. Here are some interesting findings:
“It's not evangelicals or Catholics who did best - it's atheists and agnostics.
“It's not Bible-belt Southerners who scored highest - they came at the bottom.
“Those who believe the Bible is the literal word of God did slightly worse than average, while those who say it is not the word of God scored slightly better.
“Barely half of all Catholics know that when they take communion, the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ, according to Catholic doctrine.
“And only about one in three know that a public school teacher is allowed to teach a comparative religion class - although nine out of 10 know that teacher isn't allowed by the Supreme Court to lead a class in prayer.”
Read more about the Pew study and take an abbreviated version of the test HERE.