A bunch of my students called my attention to that Pew poll which found atheists to be more informed about religion than the general population, including Catholics and Evangelicalism. Holly blogged about how Mormons scored very well … for people of faith, that is! (My editorial comment, not hers. Go read her post for her own take on this.
A lot of the commentary on this poll has suggested that American atheists score well because they were raised in a religion and did a lot of research and soul-searching before they turned apostate. I’m curious how this will play out in the current crop of 20-year-old, many of whom were raised with little to know religion or churchgoing. Even the Catholics among them tend to be 1) doubters and 2) less educated about their own faith than one might expect, given years of religious instruction.
I’ve been too busy tending my own secular flock to think much about this poll, much less wonder how I’d fare. Over the weekend, I caught up with my blog reading and found that Ampersand had posted a link to a mini-version of the poll on Alas. Curious how you’d do? Check it out and post your results in comments (or on your own blog, with a link) and share, if you’re willing, a few words about your religious upbrining. Bear in mind this isn’t the complete survey, just a rough gauge of your knowledge. Still, it’s many cuts above Hello Quizzy.
You know, of course, that I can’t resist an Internet quiz. I took it. I am smirking because I got 15 out of 15. But I’d better stop gloating. It would be downright embarrassing for me to do worse, now that I’m teaching a class on religion, gender, and sexuality. Believe me, my real expertise is still in the latter two areas.
Do share, people!