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…

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Brian Bobbitt
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Of course their belief in the fairy tales has closed their minds. For god to impregnate himself in a 12 year old virgin only to give birth to himself and to be crucified for all man sins then ascend back to heaven. If that’s not alien abduction story I never heard one, lmao.

Iain Chalmers
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To date I have debated with one religious teacher one UK evangelical two US evangelicals one Australian church two Mormons (at the door) two Jehovah witnesses ( in my kitchen should have seen their faces when I invited them in and they couldn’t get out fast enough) and using scripture from their holy book and asking questions that they can’t answer the score stands at
Me nine
Christians nil

Roy Latkowski
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A very true and unfortunate reality. Most supposed Christians I know, get lost or upset when I use scripture to answer a question or explain a situation.

Jeremy Arter
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Obviously

Joseph Yocco
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We are going to have SO much fun, one bit at a time.

Joseph Yocco
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Have you ever had an argument with a “fan” of a particular movie or book? They never take well to a “non-fan” correcting them on a detail. Their identity is tied to an illusion of expertise. Same can go for any heavily biased perspective, but with a certain type of “Theist” it goes much deeper than conscious identity and into their understanding of themselves in what you might call eternal terms, their cosmic identity.

If you put the notions underpinning that cosmic identity to the test it’s not likely that they will change the faulty ones when they can just presume that you have hostile spiritual intentions or are a fool that surely doesn’t know what they’re saying. This is far from universal among believers, but spiritual fanaticism by nature separates a person from God and all outsiders in favor of dogmatic adherence to what they know and have been taught. This can include atheists because Atheism is a spiritual statement of what you “know” about the cosmos and your place in it. In fact just by broadening the definition of “Atheist” to include everything “non-theist” as you have could run you into trouble with Atheist fanatics eventually that may disapprove of being shuffled in with Agnostics or fucking Deists, fergoddssake.

Nobody likes muddy water. Folks prefer clear definition for themselves. Sadly all those clear definitions are constructs that don’t actually exist in nature. Humans are a spectrum, not a set of hard categories, but will fight, persecute, and kill to keep their labels even after getting “woke” to greater ideas.

I don’t know if that helped, but don’t be surprised when folks fight you from all sides on this project.

P.S. STOP “mentioning” me by name in comments please. FB tells me when you reply to something.

Nicholas Lamar Soutter
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Joseph Yocco I was curious… Was about to ask, but then I saw the “more” link. I had another encounter with someone who is rather hostile about the fact I knew more about the Bible thing he did. He seemed rather suspicious – not that my knowledge was inaccurate, but why would an atheist know it… He seemed to think I was a bit dodgy…

Nicholas Lamar Soutter
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That’s an awesome meme…Yes… I just went a few rounds with atheist earlier… He was quite convinced that there was only one set of 10 Commandments. He was rather skeptical of my claim that there were indeed several sets – and that the and Commandments could number as high as 25 depending on how you broke them up – religions had to shoehorn them into 10… I don’t mind people who don’t read the Bible, but if you’re truly claiming it’s what you believe in… Give me a break…

Joseph Yocco
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I noticed that. I’ve had fundamentalists outright rage quit on me when I walk them through the weird stuff. Even made a victory meme once.

They decided that Ecclesiastes wasn’t “divinely inspired” during a conversation about whether the soul of an aborted “person” wasn’t actually better off just going to heaven instead of facing possible damnation and certain suffering here.

Ch 4 vs 2-3 if you’re curious.

Nicholas Lamar Soutter
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Nobody wants to touch this one, lol…