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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #45 on: December 13, 2010, 11:18:48 AM »
Atheists know so much about religion, because they were raised by religious parents. ;)

WASHINGTON, D.C, (ENInews/RNS) — The typical member of a fast-growing U.S. atheist association is a highly educated, married white male who grew up with religious parents.

          The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which grew from 5,500 in 2004 to about 16,000 members this year, announced results of a survey of its members on December , Religion News Service reports.

          The Wisconsin-based organization received nearly 4,000 responses to its survey, which was mailed to all its members in May. Respondents replied to the non-scientific survey by mail, or online.

          Asked about their primary reason for being "de-converted from religion to free-thought," about a third of respondents said "religion doesn't make sense." Seventeen percent said religious hypocrisy or bigotry was the cause; 9 percent said reading skeptical authors; 5 percent cited reading the Bible.

          Most respondents said the religious denomination they left behind was Protestant (42 percent), but 30 percent said they were raised Catholic, and 27 percent were raised Jewish.

          The overwhelming majority of atheist respondents — 95 percent — are white, but foundation officials hope that statistic will change.

          "We've started to do more outreach to the African-American and free-thought communities of color, and clearly, this is a great untapped source for new members who support reason and secularism in this country," said foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor.

We will see a drastic change and a migration back to religion when age and sickness begin to set in. We are after all the church of reconciliation. 8)
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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #46 on: December 13, 2010, 02:50:02 PM »
I took the test and got 13 out of 15 correct. I missed the one on prayer in the classroom and religious affiliation of pakistan. However, the majority of Americans are unaware that a teacher can in fact lead their class in prayer, but they can not force everyone to participate, also the school itself can not do prayer over the intercom. Seeing as how most people are unaware of this teachers do not do it because it can cost them their jobs even though it is protected by the constitution (and the supreme court)

The other one was pure forgetfulness on my part. I could not remember if the majority was Muslim or Hindu and I erred on the side of caution. But meh, I still did better than most of the population... and thats what really matters  ;D
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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2012, 11:00:20 PM »
Just saw the quiz online and got 14/15. I chose Finney instead of Edwards.

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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2012, 11:25:46 PM »
15/15, guess I should become an internet atheist polemicist
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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2012, 11:45:28 PM »
Well who is defining these religions? From my experience, atheists usually know jack squat about Orthodoxy--at least in America. Maybe the atheists in the Old Country like Russia would know more about Orthodoxy, but since this study was done in Washington or something, I am assuming that it is more closely associated with America. Moving on, most American atheists I have met know nothing about Orthodoxy, however, they do generally know a bit about Protestantism--which is probably what they've been exposed to most. As for non-Christian religions, that might be true. While being honest, most first-worlders seem to know next to nothing about non-Christian religions--at least in my experience. That being said though, it does sometimes seem that most atheists in America do in fact know at least a little bit more about non-Christian religions that American Christians (presumably Protestants) do. Most non-Orthodox American Christians I have met seem to know absolutely nothing about religions other than theirs and have no urge to learn at all, and actually discourage learning about them. Just my experience with this all.
...Or it's just possible he's a mouthy young man on an internet forum.
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Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
« Reply #50 on: December 31, 2012, 11:47:36 PM »
Well who is defining these religions? From my experience, atheists usually know jack squat about Orthodoxy--at least in America. Maybe the atheists in the Old Country like Russia would know more about Orthodoxy, but since this study was done in Washington or something, I am assuming that it is more closely associated with America. Moving on, most American atheists I have met know nothing about Orthodoxy, however, they do generally know a bit about Protestantism--which is probably what they've been exposed to most. As for non-Christian religions, that might be true. While being honest, most first-worlders seem to know next to nothing about non-Christian religions--at least in my experience. That being said though, it does sometimes seem that most atheists in America do in fact know at least a little bit more about non-Christian religions that American Christians (presumably Protestants) do. Most non-Orthodox American Christians I have met seem to know absolutely nothing about religions other than theirs and have no urge to learn at all, and actually discourage learning about them. Just my experience with this all.

I'm pretty sure it's just limited to the general questions asked in the survey, and to what the quiz-takers affiliated themselves with.