They Preached Liberty

The survey was not about Christianity, but was 32 questions designed to determine a general knowledge about many religions.


  • 45% of Catholics didn’t know about basic Catholicism
  • 4:10 Jews didn’t know about Maimonides
  • over 1/2 of Protestants didn’t know about Martin Luther

While atheists and agnostics scored the highest, they answered only 66% of the questions right. (That used to be failing in school.)

There were 12 questions about "Christianity." Mormons scored highest with getting an average of 8 right - and those classified as evangelicals average 7 in this section.

As usual the media misrepresents these survey with their usual bias. They made it sound like atheists and agnostics are better educated and more knowledgeable, while perpetuating the standard stereotype of religious people being ignorant, particularly a broad classification of Christianity.

Personally, I believe a general knowledge is good, however, I can’t really say that I am concerned with my children, or my church, being versed in Buddhism, Islam, or Mormonism.

I think I’m going to take Paul’s stance: For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Cor.2:2. So I don’t think it is really all that bad to be a dumb Christian when it comes to other religions. Once you know light - darkness is pretty obvious.

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