Atheists/Agnostics Score Best on Religion Survey

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    Mar 12, 2012 9:36 AM GMT
    http://www.pewforum.org/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

    The Pew Forum on Religion & Public LifeAtheists 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.

    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.


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    News report on the survey: http://youtu.be/wifUXxsOPMA

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    Mar 12, 2012 10:11 AM GMT
    http://www.pewforum.org/Science-and-Bioethics/Science-in-America-Religious-Belief-and-Public-Attitudes.aspx

    The Pew Forum on Religion & Public LifeThe United States is the most religious of the advanced industrial democracies. At the same time, American scientists are recognized to be leaders in many areas of scientific research and application. This combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology greatly enlarges the potential for conflict between faith and science in the United States.

    And indeed, a close reading of survey data shows that while large majorities of Americans respect science and scientists, they are not always willing to accept scientific findings that squarely contradict their religious beliefs. Furthermore, where scientific evidence and long-held religious belief come into direct conflict, many Americans reject science in favor of the teachings of their faith tradition.

    At the same time, such conflicts - where scientists and people of faith explicitly disagree on concrete facts - are not common in the United States today. Indeed, the theory of evolution as a means to explain the origins and development of life remains the only truly concrete example of such a conflict. To a lesser extent, faith also plays a role in shaping views about the nature of homosexuality and, to a much smaller degree, global warming.


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    Biblical inerrancy is virtually debunked.
    A Flat Earth—falsified
    Geocentrism—falsified
    Young Earth creationism (YEC)—falsified
    Intelligent design (ID)—falsified

    Apologists can evangelize my arse.
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    Mar 14, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    DEAD ON fact!
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    Apr 19, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    Many atheists, agnostics, and other non-religious people were raised in religious families. I imagine many do lots of research of various religions to figure out what they believe or don't believe. Plus, a lot of them turn to various holy scriptures in order to defend their position as non-believers.

    I label myself mainly as apathetic-agnostic, somewhere along those lines. I was raised as non-religious, so I can honestly admit that even as a non-believer, I don't know that much about various religions because they were never forced on me. All of my knowledge of the Abrahamic religions is quite passive (and limited) as a result of growing up in a Eurocentric culture. The only religion I ever really studied in depth was Wicca and other similar pagan paths. I went through a 5-year period of curiosity and learned much about those spiritual paths. However, they reaffirmed my decision to remain agnostic for now.
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    Apr 19, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    The survey`s findings don`t surprise me. I often find I know more about Christianity, despite being an atheist, than many so called Christians.

    I was raised by religious parents, especially my father who was very militant, theological, and much into the Bible and scripture. Fortunately, they were progressive and allowed me to decide for myself what I believe. I became what I call a 'sympathetic atheist' in that I don`t actually believe what religious people do, but respect their faith, its role and meaning in in their lives, and in wider society.

    I`ve also studied other religions, drawn particularly to Buddhism and paganism.

    One of my conclusions is how alike all the world`s religions are!
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    Lincsbear saidThe survey`s findings don`t surprise me. I often find I know more about Christianity, despite being an atheist, than many so called Christians.

    I was raised by religious parents, especially my father who was very militant, theological, and much into the Bible and scripture. Fortunately, they were progressive and allowed me to decide for myself what I believe. I became what I call a 'sympathetic atheist' in that I don`t actually believe what religious people do, but respect their faith, its role and meaning in in their lives, and in wider society.

    I`ve also studied other religions, drawn particularly to Buddhism and paganism.

    One of my conclusions is how alike all the world`s religions are!


    They pretty much are! Even though Wicca and other pagan paths were the most liberal, open-minded religions, I still found common elements that are found in all the other big religions. They all attempt to answer the same questions with similar philosophies. Look at how every culture has a creation/genesis story with similar themes. Just that some religions became more organized than others and obtained the power to influence a great chunk of the world.

    What really makes one story any more valid than the millions of others, ya know?
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    Apr 20, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much gnostic and raised non-religiously.. but am pretty literate
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    Apr 20, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    What really makes one story any more valid than the millions of others, ya know?

    Its just a story... but its story-telling that makes us human... Ive never seen animals do story-telling...
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
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    Lincsbear saidThe survey`s findings don`t surprise me. I often find I know more about Christianity, despite being an atheist, than many so called Christians.

    I was raised by religious parents, especially my father who was very militant, theological, and much into the Bible and scripture. Fortunately, they were progressive and allowed me to decide for myself what I believe. I became what I call a 'sympathetic atheist' in that I don`t actually believe what religious people do, but respect their faith, its role and meaning in in their lives, and in wider society.

    I`ve also studied other religions, drawn particularly to Buddhism and paganism.

    One of my conclusions is how alike all the world`s religions are!


    They pretty much are! Even though Wicca and other pagan paths were the most liberal, open-minded religions, I still found common elements that are found in all the other big religions. They all attempt to answer the same questions with similar philosophies. Look at how every culture has a creation/genesis story with similar themes. Just that some religions became more organized than others and obtained the power to influence a great chunk of the world.

    What really makes one story any more valid than the millions of others, ya know?


    I think what you guys are talking about misses the point of religion.. religion is not about what is the "true story".. it is about a sense of wholeness, bliss, and connection ...

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    Apr 21, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
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    pocketnico said
    Lincsbear saidThe survey`s findings don`t surprise me. I often find I know more about Christianity, despite being an atheist, than many so called Christians.

    I was raised by religious parents, especially my father who was very militant, theological, and much into the Bible and scripture. Fortunately, they were progressive and allowed me to decide for myself what I believe. I became what I call a 'sympathetic atheist' in that I don`t actually believe what religious people do, but respect their faith, its role and meaning in in their lives, and in wider society.

    I`ve also studied other religions, drawn particularly to Buddhism and paganism.

    One of my conclusions is how alike all the world`s religions are!


    They pretty much are! Even though Wicca and other pagan paths were the most liberal, open-minded religions, I still found common elements that are found in all the other big religions. They all attempt to answer the same questions with similar philosophies. Look at how every culture has a creation/genesis story with similar themes. Just that some religions became more organized than others and obtained the power to influence a great chunk of the world.

    What really makes one story any more valid than the millions of others, ya know?


    I think what you guys are talking about misses the point of religion.. religion is not about what is the "true story".. it is about a sense of wholeness, bliss, and connection ...

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2315884



    Try telling the followers that their stories aren't necessarily truth icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 21, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    pocketnico said


    Try telling the followers that their stories aren't necessarily truth icon_rolleyes.gif

    I think thats exactly what i did there icon_smile.gif