Wednesday, September 29, 2010 \PM\.\Wed\.
If you haven’t already, expect to hear a lot about the recent Pew survey on the religious knowledge of Americans in the coming days:
Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.
On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.
Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.
I thought I’d post something non-controversial this time, and perhaps something we can all put our heads together to try and explain. I love browsing for the latest polls indicating political or religious beliefs, and I came across something I still can’t quite wrap my head around.
According to this poll,
“14% of Americans that do not believe in God self-identify as Christian”.
I was curious as to what some of my fellow Catholics might see as the explanation for this. Is it a cultural identity thing? A case of deep, twisted confusion? At least 1% of them that maybe have some ingenious way of explaining it – perhaps they follow Jefferson’s Jesus? All of the above? None of the above?
Let the comments roll.