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How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Survey

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:49 pm
by Librarian
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey: ... knowledge/

This was done by the Pew Forum on Religion and Life from the Pew Research Center. Although the survey is complete, you can take the test and compare your results to the US average. It's only 15 questions.

I got an 87% and missed the last two questions.

Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:48 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
I got 87% as well!

Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:53 pm
by Kystar
I missed five. :-?

Some of them were historical figures I've never really heard of, or bible details that I don't remember.

Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:26 pm
by Kitsune
I actually managed to not get all of them wrong. \:D/

I rather thought that I would. :oops:

But, I got 11 right out of the 15... 80% better than the rest of the US but apparently 13% lower than the group of people that Crazy and Ragnar are joining.

It was an interesting test at least!

Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:21 am
by Hytegia


Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:02 am
by runewulf
93 with a splitting migraine, 83 when not so splitting. I guess I know more about religion when I don't think about it too much, lol.

Seriously, those was fairly poorly slanted at only some of the most mainstream, read that as having had a lot of press coverage over the last 20 years or so, in the US. Not a very good test of world religion at all, or even North American. Merde, you'd think with all the light and love Wiccan stuff on talk shows and what not in the 80s, Gavin and Yvonne Frost's media heyday, that there would have been some Wiccan questions in there too. Maybe a few native American generalities.

Oh well,lol

Re: How much do you know about religion? - U.S. Religious Su

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:59 pm
by Dark Waters
A follow up article in the New York Times

Test Your Savvy on Religion
Published: October 9, 2010

The New York Times
Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times reported recently on a Pew Research Center poll in which religious people turned out to be remarkably uninformed about religion. Almost half of Catholics didn’t understand Communion. Most Protestants didn’t know that Martin Luther started the Reformation. Almost half of Jews didn’t realize Maimonides was Jewish. And atheists were among the best informed about religion.

So let me give everybody another chance. And given the uproar about Islam, I’ll focus on extremism and fundamentalism — and, as you’ll see, there’s a larger point to this quiz. Note that some questions have more than one correct choice; answers are at the end.

1. Which holy book stipulates that a girl who does not bleed on her wedding night should be stoned to death?
a. Koran
b. Old Testament
c. (Hindu) Upanishads

2. Which holy text declares: “Let there be no compulsion in religion”?
a. Koran
b. Gospel of Matthew
c. Letter of Paul to the Romans

3. The terrorists who pioneered the suicide vest in modern times, and the use of women in terror attacks, were affiliated with which major religion?
a. Islam
b. Christianity
c. Hinduism

4. "Every child is touched by the devil as soon as he is born and this contact makes him cry. Excepted are Mary and her Son.” This verse is from:
a. Letters of Paul to the Corinthians
b. The Book of Revelation
c. An Islamic hadith, or religious tale

5. Which holy text is sympathetic to slavery?
a. Old Testament
b. New Testament
c. Koran

6. In the New Testament, Jesus’ views of homosexuality are:
a. strongly condemnatory
b. forgiving
c. never mentioned

7. Which holy text urges responding to evil with kindness, saying: “repel the evil deed with one which is better.”
a. Gospel of Luke
b. Book of Isaiah
c. Koran

8. Which religious figure preaches tolerance by suggesting that God looks after all peoples and leads them all to their promised lands?
a. Muhammad
b. Amos
c. Jesus

9. Which of these religious leaders was a polygamist?
a. Jacob
b. King David
c. Muhammad

10. What characterizes Muhammad’s behavior toward the Jews of his time?
a. He killed them.
b. He married one.
c. He praised them as a chosen people.

11. Which holy scripture urges that the "little ones" of the enemy be dashed against the stones?
a. Book of Psalms
b. Koran
c. Leviticus

12. Which holy scripture suggests beating wives who misbehave?
a. Koran
b. Letters of Paul to the Corinthians
c. Book of Judges

13. Which religious leader is quoted as commanding women to be silent during services?
a. The first Dalai Lama
b. St. Paul
c. Muhammad

1. b. Deuteronomy 22:21.
2. a. Koran, 2:256. But other sections of the Koran do describe coercion.
3. c. Most early suicide bombings were by Tamil Hindus (some secular) in Sri Lanka and India.
4. c. Hadith. Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet to be revered.
5. All of the above.
6. c. Other parts of the New and Old Testaments object to homosexuality, but there’s no indication of Jesus’ views.
7. c. Koran, 41:34. Jesus says much the same thing in different words.
8. b. Amos 9:7
9. all of them
10. all of these. Muhammad’s Jewish wife was seized in battle, which undermines the spirit of the gesture. By some accounts he had a second Jewish wife as well.
11. a. Psalm 137
12. a. Koran 4:34
13. b. St. Paul, both in 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2, but many scholars believe that neither section was actually written by Paul.

And yes, the point of this little quiz is that religion is more complicated than it sometimes seems, and that we should be wary of rushing to inflammatory conclusions about any faith, especially based on cherry-picking texts. The most crucial element is perhaps not what is in our scriptures, but what is in our hearts.