Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Most Americans are woefuly ignorant of world religions even their own
What Do Americans Know About Religion?
America is among the most religious of the world's developed nations, but a survey of religious knowledge shows that most are uninformed about faith traditions -- including their own. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
To read an executive study of the report click here.
To take an abbreviated 15 question quiz click here.
I got 14 out of the 15 questions right for a score of 93% which put me in the top 1% of Americans in my comparative religions knowledge. Take the quiz and see how you do. Leave your score and comments in the comment section.
Of course I am 64 years old and have been a seeker all my life. My search has led me to Unitarian Universalism, but I am a sophisticated chooser of my religious affiliation, in the top 1%, not like most Americans. I don't know what this means except that the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is very important to me and has been the product of careful and prolonged period of discernment. According to the statistics I am very unusual compared to my fellow citizens. How about you?