Yet another survey has been released that reveals how shockingly little Americans know about religion in general and Christianity in particular. It is called the “U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey” and it was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. According to the survey, 86% of Americans believe in God or at least in some form of “higher power”, but when it comes to the specifics of what various religions actually believe, most Americans are blindingly ignorant. Perhaps this should be no surprise considering the rate at which our society is becoming secularized, but you would think that the American people would still have a little basic knowledge about Christianity and some of the other major religions around the world. But they do not. On average, respondents of the survey answered half of the questions wrong. Only 2% of those surveyed were able to answer at least 29 of the 32 questions correctly. And the sad thing is that these were not difficult questions. They were the kind of questions that any half-educated numbskull should be able to answer with ease.
But today most Americans do not care about religion or about God.
In fact, while most Americans still identify themselves as “Christians”, the truth is that most Americans are seemingly complete dunces when it comes to even the most basic facts about the Christian faith.
In fact, do you want to know what group scored the highest on the survey?
Atheists and agnostics.
Not that they did incredibly well – it is just that everyone else was just shockingly ignorant.
The following is a sampling of what the survey found….
*Only 19% of all U.S. Protestants knew the basic Christian tenet that salvation is through faith in Christ alone.
*Just 55% of respondents knew that the Golden Rule is not one of the Ten Commandments.
*Only 45% of those responding to the survey could name all four of the gospels. The correct answer: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
*45% of all Roman Catholics did not know that, according to Catholic doctrine, the bread and wine used during the Mass is not just a symbol, but rather literally becomes the body and blood of Jesus.
*Over half of all Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the individual that inspired the Protestant Reformation.
*Only 8% of all respondents knew that Maimonides, one of the most famous rabbis in history, was Jewish.
*Just 54% of the respondents could identify the Quran as Islam’s holy book.
*Fewer than half of the respondents correctly knew that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist.
How disturbing is that?
Most Americans know all about American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and their favorite sports teams, but they can’t correctly answer even the most basic factual questions about faith and religion.
We have a major, major problem.
So was there any question that almost all respondents got right?
Yes, 89% of those surveyed knew that public school teachers cannot lead their classes in prayer.
Isn’t that sad?
If there is one thing that Americans know about religion it is that it must be kept out of the classroom at all costs.
That is how far we have fallen as a society.
And the truth is that we are losing younger Americans at a staggering pace.
According to a survey by America’s Research Group, 95 percent of 20 to 29 year old evangelicals attended church regularly during their elementary and middle school years. However, only 55 percent of them attended church regularly during high school, and only 11 percent of them were still regularly attending church when they got to college.
Yes, you read the correctly.
When young evangelicals finally have the opportunity to decide things for themselves, they are deciding to leave our churches in droves.
In fact, young Americans are abandoning all religions in unprecedented numbers.
According to the American Religious Identification Survey by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture at Trinity College, 46% of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 say that they have no religion.
Overall, only 15 percent of Americans say that they have no religion.
So for 46 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 to say that they have no religion is extremely troubling.
We are losing an entire generation.
The Christian faith is in a state of deep, deep decline in the United States and it is time to stop denying it.
So what do you think about all of this? Feel free to leave a comment below with your opinion….