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[Atheists & Agnostics] know more about your religion than you!
Mikey CTSHulk-hands PorcupineWhat is it? Why is it there?Registered Userregular
In a recent Pew Research Center survey, atheist and agnostics were found to know more about religion than the faithful, followed closely by Jews and Mormons. As an atheist, this information is hardly surprising to me. I've often felt like I knew more about their religion than the person I was debating. This doesn't mean that the non-believer is smarter than the believer, though. Rather, it suggests that, as a minority group, it behooves anti-theists and minority faiths to do the research. In those debates, knowledge is power and (even if you onous shouldn't be on you) you are often on the defensive from the start.
However, the report also says that many religious people do not know information that should be common knowledge for the faithful. For example, according to Pew, 45% of Catholics do not know that the church teaches transubstantiation (that word's a mouthful, ain' it?). A standard of Vatican doctrine, it is taught that during communion the bread and wine become the literal blood and body of Christ. This is just one example of many for standard information for their faith's teachings that religious people don't know. I won't go over them all here. You can read the link above for further details.
So what does this information mean? What does it say about believers? Does it suggest anything about the state of religion in the U.S.? Does it say any about atheists and agnostics? Are there any correlations or conclusions that can be drawn from this survey?
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