Monday, September 27, 2010

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey

Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.

http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx




Interesting stuff, though not all that surprising. Buddhists didn't even get a mention, except in questions on the survey. Here's one that I would have thought to be otherwise:

Roughly one-third (36%) [of Americans] correctly associate striving for nirvana with Buddhism.