Are you smarter than an atheist?September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am | Posted in Atheism, Religion | 10 Comments
Tags: Religion, religion knowledge, religion quiz
One of my good friends emailed this quiz on religion posted on the Christian Science Monitor’s website. Though the quiz starts with this introductory paragraph:
Are you smarter than an atheist? A religious quiz
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.
How will you do on the quiz? Write down your answers as you go.
– Staff writer
I wasn’t going to bother taking the quiz because I assumed, incorrectly, it would be about christianity and I don’t know many specifics about the bible. But I decided what the hell because my friend who grew up in a religious home and is very knowledgeable about the bible (but is now an atheist) said he’d gotten 26 out of 32 right. I wanted to see if I could top that. As it turns out I did with a whopping 28. My friend and I are very competitive. YAY I won! As it turns out most of the questions are not specific to christianity but religion in general. You will need a pencil and paper to answer and score because the site was (presumably) designed by christians, not atheists, therefore it is not equipped with the technology that would allow you to submit and record your answers. The questions are in reverse order starting with 32 ending with 1 and all but three are multiple choice.
I’d be interested in your scores (believers and non believers) if you’d like to share.