Religious illiteracy

A new study shows, once again, that Americans are shockingly illiterate on matters of religion. Atheists/Agnostics had the highest score, followed (in order) by Jews, Mormons, White evangelicals, White Catholics, White Protestants, “nothing in particular”, Black Protestants, and Hispanic Catholics. No one really has bragging rights here, even the highest scoring group only managed to get 65% of the questions right.
You can take a short version of the quiz here.

One thought on this: I am not sure how surprising this should be. Aren’t Americans pretty well illiterate on any number of issues? You see these polls on geography, government and politics, etc etc. I rather suspect that the order of groups here would reflect the order of groups in other studies and that it would largely reflect a socio-economic breakdown (atheists and jews being highly represented in well-educated and well-to-do families, and minority groups being unusually well-represented in poorly educated and poor families). In other words, I see this study as not so much being about religious illiteracy per se, but illuminating something about class and educational opportunities.

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About Kleiner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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