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Subject:  Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons… Date:  9/28/2010  1:58 AM
Author:  stevenjklein Number:  20617 of 23055

Pew Forum just published results from US Religious Knowledge Survey http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Reli...
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.


The New York Times had an article with this interesting tidbit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?_r=1
That finding might surprise some, but not Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, an advocacy group for nonbelievers that was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

“I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people,” Mr. Silverman said. “Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That’s how you make atheists.”


Perhaps atheists should distribute Bibles?
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