A lighter take on Pew’s study.

Funny stuff from Matthew Paul Turner regarding the Pew study I linked to yesterday. From his post 11 Reasons Why America’s Christians Are ‘Religiously STUPID” (and Atheists are smarter):

WARNING: If you are a Christian that doesn’t like Christians or Christianity getting poked fun at, please stop reading.

Okay, so on to the point of this post: Why did America’s Christians fail the religion 101 test?

Here are my 11 guesses…

  1. Well, like duh… Christianity isn’t a religion… it’s a RELATIONSHIP. (Now who are the dumb dumbs?) Questions about Christianity shouldn’t have even been on the test.
  2. The Apostle Paul said that knowledge puffeth up! So there. All you Jesusless people are fatties. (We are skinny.)
  3. Alabama has A LOT of Christians. Seriously, it does. And sometimes they aren’t too bright.
  4. Faith is the evidence of things unseen. See?! Get it? It don’t take brains to have faith, people! Duh.
  5. There were questions about Lucifer’s religions on that test! Of course, we didn’t know the answers. We shun all the things that Lucifer loves! (And like, hello?–he’s a Muslim.)
  6. Fox News was not involved in this particular study… if they had, the results would have been soooooo different.
  7. Better is one day being a dumbass in the presence of the Lord than like a hundred billion million as a smart atheist.
  8. Sarah Palin took the test. We should have been given a curve. It’s not really our fault that she’s not a Mormon.
  9. The Bible says that Hell is for smart people. Was that on the test?! Was it? No. People who made that test were smart!
  10. T. B. N.
  11. Just because we CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us doesn’t mean we WILL. But we could. If we wanted to. We could. Which was totally the point that the Apostle Paul was trying to make. We CAN/COULD do all things through Christ if we wanted to. Sometimes we don’t want to.

If you’re interested, you can take the fifteen-question quiz yourself here. I was surprised by how basic it actually is, which makes the published results that much more interesting.

Want to know more about religion? Ask an atheist.

Interesing study conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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.

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.

Two things jump out at me.

The first is the obvious ignorance that religious people have of their own religions in contrast to those who lack belief. While I certainly wouldn’t expect every Christian to be an expert in Systematic Theology, I’m often started by how foreign church history, theology, etc. are to many Christians.

Second is that most Christians I know tend to assume that atheists and/or agnostics do not believe because they’re simply ignorant of the claims of Christianity. In my experience, this is very rarely the case, and this article seems to suggest that most atheists have fairly thorough understandings of the major claims of the major world religions.

Any other thoughts?

Story here: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/09/28/survey-atheists-know-more-about-religion-than-believers/

“Hawking Not Needed to Explain His New Book, Says Universe”

This is the first (and probably last) time I’ve ever linked The Discovery Institute, but I thought this post was clever and humorous.

Reached today for comment about Stephen Hawking’s new book, the Universe said that Professor Hawking should receive no credit for the ideas.

“You humans naively assume that ‘physicists’ exist, who discover theories,” said the Universe. “But I did it all. Me. The transitory entity known to you as ‘Stephen Hawking’ is merely an epiphenomenon of the laws of nature, otherwise known as Me, the Universe itself. Mindless physical stuff, the only thing that ever really existed, or ever will exist.”

“Hawking, and that other guy — what’s his face, Dawkins — have been stealing my royalties for years. I’ve got some lawyers working on that.”

“Anyway, I don’t know why Hawking and Dawkins, or Harris and Dennett and the rest of that crew, go on and on about ‘God’ not existing, when they don’t exist either. ‘Noted atheist authors,’ blah, blah, blah. What a load. Physics is everything, and ultimately, the only thing.”

“I wrote this article, for instance. Interviewed myself. Wrap your minds — which you don’t possess, actually — around that, you bits of unreal cosmic debris.”