TURNS OUT ATHEISTS KNOW MORE ABOUT RELIGION THAN BELIEVERS!

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    Sep 28, 2010 7:27 PM GMT

    LINK: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39397251/ns/us_news-life/

    Survey: Americans don't know much about religion but atheists actually know more than Protestants and Catholics, Pew Forum finds

    Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers, while Jews and Mormons followed with about 20 accurate responses. Protestants overall averaged 16 correct answers, while Catholics followed with a score of about 15.

    Not surprisingly, those who said they attended worship at least once a week and considered religion important in their lives often performed better on the overall survey. However, level of education was the best predictor of religious knowledge. The top-performing groups on the survey still came out ahead even when controlling for how much schooling they had completed.

    On questions about Christianity, Mormons scored the highest, with an average of about eight correct answers out of 12, followed by white evangelicals, with an average of just over seven correct answers. Jews, along with atheists and agnostics, knew the most about other faiths, such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. Less than half of Americans know that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist, and less than four in 10 know that Vishnu and Shiva are part of Hinduism.
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    Sep 28, 2010 7:51 PM GMT
    of course they do. atheists are mostly smart people, that read very much before they chose not to believe.

    most believers are just...believers. it's easy to believe when you don't know much and just wanna feel safe.
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    I'm smart enough to know that I'm responsible for my own actions and inactions.
    I'm smart enough to know that there's no god, devil, heaven, hell, or hereafter.
    If you disagree, please provide proof.

    The only frustration about being an atheist is that I know that all the people who deserve to rot in hell will never go there, because there is no hell.
    Well, maybe "karma" will get their asses before they die...
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:41 PM GMT

    I would like to think that an atheist knows what he does NOT believe in before making that decision... so, I would guess the scores are correct... if that is the case.
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI'm smart enough to know that I'm responsible for my own actions and inactions.
    I'm smart enough to know that there's no god, devil, heaven, hell, or hereafter.
    If you disagree, please provide proof.

    The only frustration about being an atheist is that I know that all the people who deserve to rot in hell will never go there, because there is no hell.
    Well, maybe "karma" will get their asses before they die...
    According to scholars (from what I've read), the actual translation from ancient texts reveals that "heaven" actually means "outer space."
    So there...you're wrong...there IS a heaven.
    We just haven't figured out how to live there permanently, yet. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    to me, atheists and believers are extremes that shouldn't be that way. to me, we should all ignore religion, bible and other ancient books that speak about that and find out inner peace and equilibrium and that's when you find "The Real God".

    it's just my opinion though
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    Sep 28, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    So, one of the designers of the survey wrote a book about how little religious people know about religion. That is pretty shady.

    Another article I read mentioned that there is a demographic bias; being that atheists tend to be better educated. Then there is a cultural element. Americans are far more religious than other societies. So, could these results still hold true in other societies where there are more atheists and more access to quality education?

    And, OH SNAP! It turns out only 1% of the people they spoke to even identified as Atheist. Only 1% identified as Jewish. Only 2% identified as Mormon. That is a pretty underwhelming portion of the survey. If they were interested in getting an accurate result they would have had a better sample.

    That said, lulz!