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Quiz: Are you smarter than an atheist in your religious knowledge?


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Initial post: Nov 17, 2012, 6:44:20 AM PST
I got 31 out of 32 correct, 97% correct. I'm a Protestant Christian. How well did you do?

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0105/Are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist-A-religious-quiz/When-does-the-Jewish-Sabbath-begin

Executive summary of the data:

http://www.pewforum.org/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

Excerpt of the summary: "On questions about Christianity - including a battery of questions about the Bible - Mormons (7.9 out of 12 right on average) and white evangelical Protestants (7.3 correct on average) show the highest levels of knowledge. Jews and atheists/agnostics stand out for their knowledge of other world religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism; out of 11 such questions on the survey, Jews answer 7.9 correctly (nearly three better than the national average) and atheists/agnostics answer 7.5 correctly (2.5 better than the national average). Atheists/agnostics and Jews also do particularly well on questions about the role of religion in public life, including a question about what the U.S. Constitution says about religion."

Good luck one and all!

Russ Conte

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 7:25:30 AM PST
Joe W says:
32 out of 32. Though I didn't remember one and had to guess

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 7:27:06 AM PST
Clog says:
31/32. Pathetic mistake. Switched initially right to wrong answer at last moment.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 8:19:48 AM PST
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Banished says:
I was doing OK until I got to this:
What is an agnostic?
Someone who believes in God
Someone who does NOT believe in God
Someone who is unsure whether God exists
Don't know

None of those answers is correct, so I figured the test is flawed. (And "Don't know" doesn't refer to someone who has no knowledge of God or does not think it's possible to know - which IS the answer to "What is an agnostic?") It refers to the respondent not knowing the answer.)

I also note that the test refers to "God," not gods or deities, so its also a bit "loaded."

Posted on Nov 17, 2012, 8:22:47 AM PST
33/32? How did I get that?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 8:28:39 AM PST
Bubba says:
Perhaps you got extra credit for trying real hard.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 8:31:23 AM PST
Pretending. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 8:51:22 AM PST
Very interesting quiz but--no criticism intended toward you, Russell--almost insultingly easy. I scored 32 and would only quibble with two questions: nirvana is taught by both Hinduism and Buddhism, not just one or the other, and my recollection of Engel v. Vitale, the Supreme Court's original 1962 decision on school prayer, is that students could not be compelled to recite a prayer *composed by a state official.* Under that standard, if a teacher got up in front of class one morning and said "Jimmy has written a prayer for world peace--anyone who would like to do so, join in as we recite it together," that would be a teacher leading a prayer and would probably provoke protests by some parents, but as long as students could opt out and as long as the prayer was not composed by an authority, it ought to pass the test. But perhaps subsequent decisions have modified even this.

I suppose it is possible that even otherwise educated people might not know about Maimonides, but in my opinion, anyone scoring less than 25 on this is an idiot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012, 10:26:51 AM PST
Melanie says:
31 out of 32. I missed the one on the religion of Indonesia.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012, 10:40:28 AM PST
J. Russell says:
30 out of 32
For an atheist

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012, 11:10:55 AM PST
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A Customer says:
I got two wrong. That was an incredible lame "test" of religious knowledge, at least half the questions were more like geography questions, knowing that Pakistan is a majority Muslim nation doesn't mean you have religious "knowledge", same with the questions about the Constitution and school prayer and what teachers can discuss in their classes.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012, 9:49:44 PM PST
32/32, but not a hard test. For a greater challenge, the book "Do You Think What You Think You Think?" tests the consistency of your thinking. There are mutually consistent sets of answers for either of theism or atheism, plus an overall philosophy quiz at the end.
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