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Athiests, agnostics and Jews know the bible better than Christians. Why?

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

I did notice some of the things people got wrong are things I've seen wrongfully shouted as fact here, too.

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 7:40 AM on Sep. 28, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 7:41 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • That's really interesting. My guess would be that they know it better because they have read/studied the bible as a work of literature. Their emotions and beliefs don't color what they are reading.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 7:52 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Unfortunately too many Christians pick and choose what to believe when it comes to the bible. Many of them also do little research out side of reading it or what is taught in Sunday school.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 8:02 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Same reason criminals know the law better than the law-enforcers. To be able to beat or outsmart them
    CassyzMom

    Answer by CassyzMom at 8:23 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • it's true. they know what they are told from their ministers who pick and choose what's important for them to believe....i've pointed out many flawed rules and verses that they didn't know about...didn't change their thoughts though cause ppl who are brainwashed are stubborn
    aliishott2

    Answer by aliishott2 at 8:23 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Because we read through and studied using no opinions and didn't let faith get in our way. We read it all and read it straight from the book with no outside influence. Most Christians only read through their faiths eyes and with the words of the preacher and family and all the faiths influence involved. They also mostly take their faiths side...they don't study it in and out like others do. They take it at face value.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:24 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Same reason criminals know the law better than the law-enforcers. To be able to beat or outsmart them

    You're seriously comparing Jews to criminals? You really just went there?!?!
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:27 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Seeing it without blinders?
    Seeing it with a more open analytical point of view?
    Taking it more at face value than literal?
    Zoeyis

    Answer by Zoeyis at 8:30 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Athiests, agnostics and Jews know the bible better than Christians. Why?


    Because they study it and Christians swallow it!

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 9:23 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • I saw that too and had to laugh. You beat me to posting the question though. I guess I need to spend less time at the Krispy Kreme.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:25 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

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