That’s the question posed by the folks at The Christian Science Monitor and they give you a chance to find out with a short online religious quiz:
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.
I got 28 out of 32 questions right giving me a solid B+ (88%) on the quiz. At least one of the wrong answers I got was due to my rushing and clicking the wrong button so it’s arguable that I should really have gotten an A on it, but I’ll accept responsibility for my haste.
That said, it’s a surprisingly easy test and I have to wonder why any reasonably well read atheist would get only 20 to 21 questions correct. It’s very surprising to me that Protestants and Catholics did so amazingly poorly, but I guess once you have the “right” religion there’s no need to pay much attention to anyone else’s, eh?
You can see how well you’d do on it by clicking here.
From the You-Have-To-Be-Fucking-Kidding-Me department comes this Pew Research Center Science Knowledge Quiz. It’s a series of 12 questions on what can only be described as stunningly basic science knowledge. Questions such as “Which over-the-counter drug do doctors recommend that people take to help prevent heart attacks?” Stuff that all you’d have to do is pay cursory attention to the news to know as opposed to, say, actually reading a science book or watching something on the Discovery channel.
Not surprisingly, as you can see in the graphic to the left (click to embiggen), I managed to score 100% which isn’t all that surprising given my addiction to both science books and the various Discovery channel incarnations.
What is surprising is that only 10% of the public can say the same. They allow you to break it down question by question and, as it turns out, the question I listed above is the one most folks got right (91%) and the question most folks got wrong, which is amazing cause it’s a True or False question, was “Electrons are smaller than atoms.” Only 46% of people got that one right.
When you break it down by demographics it’s amazing to realize that the average number of questions answered correctly by college graduates was only 9.5. Which is amazing considering how basic these questions are. But don’t take my word for it, go take the quiz yourself.
Found via DOF.
What’s also amazing is the number of times I use the word amazing in this entry.
Because I’m an atheist I’m often accused of having no morals, which simply isn’t true. However it is true that my morals conflict with many of those handed out in the Bible, as the results of the following quiz reveal:
Some people think that’s a bad thing, but wait until you see the morals in question.
Lifted from Pharyngula