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October 1st, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Your comments on religious knowledge quiz

There's a torrent of comments on our story this week about most Americans scoring 50 percent or less on a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion.

(If you haven't yet taken our quiz, which includes 10 questions from the Pew study, you really should.)

Brian theorizes on why those with no religion outperformed religious Americans on the quiz:

Religion is the tool used by the few to control the uneducated.

This is why I am not surprised by this finding and why I, an agnostic, got 8 out of 10 on the CNN quiz. Faith unfortunately has come to mean "blindly follow what someone else tells you."

Wzrd1 claims to have learned quite a lot about religion in school - public school:

When I was in the public school system, we DID have comparative religion taught in our cultures class. It served me VERY well during my military related deployments over the years, as a nice and comfortable stepping stone when dealing with a local populace in a foreign land.

Of course, THESE days, school districts fear introducing such things, lest they find themselves in court.

And chellekd grew up in a theologically conservative Christian home in which she learned plenty about other faiths:

I got 9 out of 10 right. Not bad for someone who came from a WV Pentecostal background. With that being said I'm glad that my minister Dad always taught me to be open and tolerant to other faiths even if I didn't believe in them. I learned things from him outside of the Bible which gave me an appreciation for everyone's beliefs. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go learn more about Ramadan.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Islam • Mormonism • Polls

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Yvonne Garry

    My own life has convinced me that, in my case, I have been "blocked" from everything i wished to accomplish. Yet,
    in retrospect, I can appreciate the need for the second path Fate has led me along. Personal happiness has not been granted me, but the well-being and happy outcome to which I have contributed for others, is obviously the reason
    for the thwarting I have experienced from toddler-hood unto the present day. I hope God knows what He is doing!

    February 27, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  2. irian

    plz don't read this you will get kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life.Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.However, if you don't post this you will die within 2 days.Now you've read this don't stop. this is scary. Send this to over 5 quizzes in 143 minutes,When your done press f6 and your crushes name will appear on the screen in Big letters . this is so scary cause it actually works.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  3. LiberateUs

    The non-religious are "smarter" than the religious, huh? What a bunch of BS! These "polls" are rigged in case you knuckleheads haven't noticed

    October 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
    • EEE

      DON'T READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVEROF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS ISFREAKY1)say your name 10 times2)say your moms name 5 times3)say your crush's name 3 times4)PASTE THIS TO FOUR OTHER QUIZZES.IF YOU DO THIS YOUR CRUSH WILL KISS YOU ON THE NEARE.................................STFRIDAY. BUT IF YOU READ THIS AND DONT PASTE IT YOU WILL HAVE BADLUCK.SEND THIS TO FIVE QUIZZES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6ANDYOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SOFREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS!

      February 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
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