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    Survey: Atheists, Agnostics Know More About Religion Than Religious

    by JJ Sutherland

    The Pew Forum on Religious Religion and Public Life released a survey on religious knowledge today. Atheists and Agnostics scored higher on it than anyone else, closely followed by Jews and Mormons, all Christians, Protestants and Catholics, were far behind.

    That's overall, but when you get into specific religions it does show a startling lack of basic knowledge by practitioners. From the report:


    More than four-in-ten Catholics in the United States (45%) do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion do not merely symbolize but actually become the body and blood of Christ. About half of Protestants (53%) cannot correctly identify Martin Luther as the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation, which made their religion a separate branch of Christianity. Roughly four-in-ten Jews (43%) do not recognize that Maimonides, one of the most venerated rabbis in history, was Jewish.

    The study also showed that Americans have a fairly poor understanding of religions other than their own. Only about half of the people surveyed know that Martin Luther inspired the Reformation, the Dalai Lama is Buddhist, and Joseph Smith was a Mormon.

    Why are Atheists and Agnostics better informed? The Los Angeles Times quotes one of the researchers who has a theory:


    American atheists and agnostics tend to be people who grew up in a religious tradition and consciously gave it up, often after a great deal of reflection and study, said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at the Pew Forum.

    "These are people who thought a lot about religion," he said. "They're not indifferent. They care about it."


    Also interesting is that Black Protestants and Latino Catholics scored at the bottom of the survey.

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    Makes sense, to me.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Makes sense, to me.
    Noticeably absent is Gods people. We're taught these things.

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    Originally Posted by Knicks4lyfe
    Noticeably absent is Gods people. We're taught these things.
    Haha!! That's what they all say.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Haha!! That's what they all say.
    Most people readily know JW are very well taught, and know biblical history. Even if they arent the info is always avilable on our cd rom. We can look up anything concerning religion. This is how we are able to answer questions door to door. Jesus, the smartest and greatest man to ever live was prepared.. so are his people.

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    Originally Posted by Knicks4lyfe
    Most people readily know JW are very well taught, and know biblical history. Even if they arent the info is always avilable on our cd rom. We can look up anything concerning religion. This is how we are able to answer questions door to door. Jesus, the smartest and greatest man to ever live was prepared.. so are his people.
    Edit "JW" with "Muslims", "biblical" with "Koran" and "Jesus" with "Mohammed" and you sound like a radical muslim.

    Edit those with any other religion's names and you sound like that religion's version of a radical.

    Like I said, that's what they all say. No difference. You're a radical just like the rest. Claiming to be god's people, just like the rest. You're the only true believers, just like the rest. You're the only true religion, just like the rest. You're the only ones to be saved, just like the rest. Every other religion is a false religion, just like the rest.

    All with false claims, zero evidence and misinterpretations, just like the rest.


    Please enlighten me with your extensive knowledge of the other religions to be able to make above claims. I, as the article has accurately suggested, take religion very seriously, was brought up in a religious family and have therefore studied many religions, as well as science, and have made an informed decision. While you may know quite a bit about the bible, you know very little of everything else. Hence, your beliefs.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Edit "JW" with "Muslims", "biblical" with "Koran" and "Jesus" with "Mohammed" and you sound like a radical muslim.

    Edit those with any other religion's names and you sound like that religion's version of a radical.

    Like I said, that's what they all say. No difference. You're a radical just like the rest. Claiming to be god's people, just like the rest. You're the only true believers, just like the rest. You're the only true religion, just like the rest. You're the only ones to be saved, just like the rest. Every other religion is a false religion, just like the rest.

    All with false claims, zero evidence and misinterpretations, just like the rest.


    Please enlighten me with your extensive knowledge of the other religions to be able to make above claims. I, as the article has accurately suggested, take religion very seriously, was brought up in a religious family and have therefore studied many religions, as well as science, and have made an informed decision. While you may know quite a bit about the bible, you know very little of everything else. Hence, your beliefs.
    JW are radical because we believe we're Gods people? So would you be a radical based on your belief? Would you say, be monkey man radical? Because you're willing to die for the belief you are a monkey. Thats pretty radical. And because you believe this, all religious people are crazy. Thats pretty radical. You, the monkey man, sound just as foolishly radical as the ones you love to condemn as uninformed, and even less educated. That's radical.


    And if u paid attn, you would see the many postings in this section called "mans search for God" it marks the true begining of humanity's spiritual search from myth to organized religion. All major faiths, origin down to present day.

    Again, you prove over and over how clueless you really are about the wonderful work JW do. In order to preach effectively, one needs to be informed of all forms of faith. You cannot preach to a Budhist about Jehovah with much effectiveness, if you do not take into account their lack of belief in God. Or in an eastern Indian community without knowing about the different forms of Hinduism. You will never reach people without knowing about their beliefs. JWs are made of every race on earth. In order to do that, you had to have a lot of conversions. To me, taking time out of your day, to get up and knock on doors in good or bad weather, to speak with people about their faith and concerns is taking people and their religion seriously. Get over yourself if you think you're the only one guy.

    And abt all this evidence we lack, you missed it again. Jehovah hias brought peace to the earth. Just take a look at his people, as compared to the world outside of it. Jesus is called the prince of peace. Jehovah must be the King. It should be no small wonder that those who tke on their names abide in it. And they are the only ones on earth who can truly say so. And only the bible foretells this.

    Like it or not, that is proof of thier existance.

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    Most religious people don't study other views, agreed, doesn't mean they should be cast out of intellectual conversation however....Clement was the first to bring that genius to the table being a master in Pagan philosophy from the Christian perspective...people don't study church history so they don't think it is important to know every side

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