The Pew Forum has released a study suggesting that self-described Christians don’t know a whole lot about world religions — including Christianity.
Atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons — on average — score better on religious literacy tests than self-described Protestant Mainline, Evangelical or Catholic Christians.
Does this mean that most Christians are clueless? No. It means that Christianity is still the default position in the United States. So we’ve got tens of millions of Americans who are culturally (not spiritually) Christians. A lot of them live here in the South.
Many of them don’t know jack about Jesus. Never set foot in church. Never read the Bible. Could tell you more about Ground Hog Day than Good Friday. Know more about their horoscope sign than the Plan of Salvation. Nice people, a lot of the time; good people, perhaps; but absolutely clueless about religion.
People who have thought about religion enough to decide “I’m an atheist” or “I’m a Mormon” or “I’m a Jew” have gone against the cultural tide. They’ve taken a stand. And they’ve been asked, more likely than not, to defend their position.
It would be interesting to know how church-going Christians scored on this religious literacy test. My hunch — they probably score better than non-churchgoers.
h/t: David Duke