Are you smarter than an Atheist?

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.