This Is A Test

January 10th, 2014

The Pew Research Center in Washington DC studied a random sample of adults a few years back, testing them on their religious knowledge. It’s kind of cool, because they took those responses and then created a quiz for the rest of us to take called the U.S Religious Knowledge Quiz. Pew. Who knew?

Since I’m a sucker for online quizzes I find on Facebook, I took the short, 15 question test.  They challenged me by asking “How much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the average American? Here’s your chance to find out.” I’m always curious how I stack up against “the average American.” The last test I took told me my ideal life partner should probably be a rather large-sized slice of tiramisu, though it’s conceivable the results got mixed up with the quiz, “What’s your favorite dessert?”

Your boy, the Spiritual Wanderer, lucked out with a perfect 15 out of 15 on the religion test. I knew ten of the answers, was pretty sure about two more, made an educated guess on two and just liked the pretty colors on one. But it was fascinating to see how I compared to other groups within our society. The Pew people break it down in something called an Executive Summary (so you know it’s official). They say on their site, “Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups … outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.”

I’m not really sure what any of that implies, it’s just fun to test your knowledge without having to phrase your answers in the form of a question. Our Read The Spirit crew has been having some fun with the test, even though it’s a few years old, and thought others may like it as well. Take the quiz yourself, if you’d like. And here’s a hint, none of the answers involve a priest and rabbi walking into a bar.

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