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Atheists and agnostics score best on religion survey

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Results according to Pew Research Center’s Religious Knowledge Survey:

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.

You can take their 15 question quiz and compare your results here.

The US Religious Landscape Survey breaks down all kinds of  interesting social and political demographic information.

You can view affiliations, maps, portraits and comparison charts here.

Fun stuff available like this.

In what regions of the U.S. do Catholics live?

 29% Northeast 24% Midwest 24% South 23% West  

Douthat makes a good point as to the outcome of the results:

This makes a great deal of sense. The very act of declaring yourself an “atheist,” after all, suggests a particularly high level of interest in religious detail and debate — higher than many self-described Methodists or cradle Catholics who have a vague belief in God and show up at church on holidays, and also higher than the many nonbelievers who are merely indifferent to religion.



Written by dailypager

September 29, 2010 at 1:45 am

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