Atheists Know More About the Bible Than Most American Christians

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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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.

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… Read more »