Survey: Atheists Know More About Religion Than Believers

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Have a question about religion? You ought to ask someone who has completely rejected it.

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, atheists and agnostics tend to know more about religion than members of most faiths, the Los Angeles Times reports. For example, most Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the founder of the Protestant movement. Atheists took the top spot in the survey, followed by a tie between Mormons and Jews.

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Why did atheists do so well? The study concluded that those who reject faith often do so after growing up in a religious household, and studying and deliberating keeping the faith. Also, atheists and agnostics tend to be better educated in general. Why did Christians do so poorly? It may be because once someone accepts a faith, they stop examining it.

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The survey had one bright spot, at least: 80% of respondents knew that Mother Teresa was a Catholic.


@AzCh Christianity was here thousands of years before islam, how could you be so myopic and mentally challenged? In sub-Saharan West Africa, Islam was established just after the year 1000. Muslim rulers were in Kanem starting from sometime between 1081 to 1097, the Old Testament was here long before that, and Christianity started before Jesus are you deluded



King James Bible
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

You foolishly quoted a new bad translation Bible...Beer wasn't invented yet back then...another major mistake on your part. The oldest Bibles do not contain the word beer...there was no such thing yet!


Atheists know very little about the faithful, atheism is the belief in no deities thereof. Thought atheists claim they know about religion, they have mostly never read the bible, nor any other religious texts. If one can compile all religious texts and read them they could understand the all so many questions that man seemingly desires to want. I am a Coptic Christian, and we are typically somewhat of the Samaritans of the Church, but if you look in depth to Coptic Christianity a branch of the orthodox church Atheists begin to know more of the protestant faiths than the Orthodox ones. To be precise to understand the entirety of faith it takes years of research not just looking at a bible or any other religious text one time. Atheists claim little Historical Inaccuracies of the Bible. Though everyday in Israel and other parts of the middle east there are biblical cities found every day. The Branch of the Church has been corrupted by false prophets and dastardly people that claim sovereignty, yet they only shove what they do not know about faith down other peoples throats.  Religion isn't about force and it never was till the false corrupted it. Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in peace for thousands of years till the 6th crusade and the desolation of vast libraries, and knowledge in what would become later the conquest of Constantinople by Islams Mammot II in 1453 though it did not fully take over till 1496. Knowing religion is also knowing its history. If you take time to look at religion god speaks to us through many ways. Most people are too afraid to explore religion thoroughly, and even some of the most faithful have trouble with understanding it. I am not the radical southern preacher type I am hereby something else, a believer who provides facts on faith. I am a modern day Philosopher, and I believe the more we know the sciences of the world the more we receive the image of god and sometimes we can feel gods presence through times of darkness and self pity. Just takes the will to know, and ask questions to do so.