Quiz on Yahoo via Christian Science Monitor = this is the quiz link

I lost the original Yahoo link but this one's close, on religion in the current Presidential election.  (all we focus on is president - it's like no one else is running)

I got 31 of the 32 although a couple were guesses.

From the report:

"Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right."

It's interesting that the poll title assumes the person taking the poll is not atheist.  But demographically, probably a good guess.

I missed the one on protestants/catholics and salvation.  I thought catholics were "saved" by faith too.

Strangely frequent questions on Mormonism, for such a demographically small religion.  Still, the influence is striking, especially on certain issues and with Mr. Romney potentially the next US President.

I'm not surprised Catholics did the worst.  I think their religious leaders want to keep them ignorant.  And similar for Protestants.

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You were born and raised as an atheist! That makes a big difference. Those of us who memorized books and verses and believed they spoke to 21st century problems had to erase bad theology and even worse psychology to find healthy answers. As to college, for some of us, college offered an opportunity to look at events and meanings from a different perspective. Some of the old we had to cast aside, other old beliefs comforted, i.e. ... jeez, I can't think of any. 

If you have an interest in something, there is no need for a college education. With the internet and libraries you can find everything you need on a subject. You may not be able to get professional licensing, and if that is what you want, go for it.
I love astronomy and zoology and a lot of things in between. I learn about them out of interest. So, if you have an interest, develop it.
My grandmother studied chemistry when she was in her 80s. Life's challenges prevented her from pursuing that until she decided she wanted to know more. She had graduated from nursing school and her class motto was "Slit, slash, blood, and gore, we're the class of 1904". Having to go to work, then raising a family, then taking care of grandkids kept her busy for years. She still had the interest and pursued it. 
Happy exploring!

Melinda, Joan, everybody. I wholeheartedly agree. All I ever got was an A.S. in Paramedicine, but I've been a learner all my life. I was the geeky kid that read the encyclopedia. Started at A and went to Z. With the internet and libraries that are available, I'm in heaven! Watch/read about what interests me, from physics to cosmology, to religions, to just about anything. Wonderful. 

It is the inquiring mind, not the degrees from institutions that reveals an educated person. 

Melinda, follow your drummer. The rhythm will be perfect for you.

BTW, I went 32/32. :0)

Joan observed:  "You were born and raised as an atheist! That makes a big difference."


we were all born atheists.

I'm the dope of the group so far. Only 28/32.  I always thought I ignored this religious detail (crap) - but I knew more than I thought.

There, there, Russell.  We losers must hang together.  Still, we didn't do too badly compared to, say, religious people.  And in this country, it's hard not to hear Christianity a lot. 

Russell, you did great!

Russell, according to what SB posted here, the average high score for atheists is 20.9. You got 28, which puts 7.1 above your average atheist; which group is also the highest scoring. I'd say the entirety of the collection of us on here aren't too damn shabby!

There really is no reason to know details about religions because they are all ancient stories Bronze Age people told each other to try to make sense out of a very mysterious world. Some were ancient myths and fables, some were imagined, some were attempts to feel noble. In other words, "religious details are crap", except they impact our lives because so many people believe them and want to impose them on others. It is good to know the fallacies so one doesn't get deluded. 

Sadly, they're not all ancient myths. It would be wrong of us to neglect that there were four fairly prominent churches started here in the US in the 1800s! Perhaps you can call the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Adventists a natural outgrowth of preextant religions. But Mormonism and Scientology seem like pretty blatant power grabs to me!

If you want to get rich, found a religion.




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