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Cocktail Chatter: What American's Don't Know About Religion…

September 28, 2010
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Susan Sermoneta

We’ve uncovered some pretty embarrassing facts—but they make for some great cocktail conversation…

If the results of a new Pew Forum study are true, Americans are pretty ignorant about religion.

Less than 50 percent of Americans know the Dalai Lama is Buddhist and even fewer people know that Vishnu and Shiva are Hindu gods.

The new survey also revealed 45 percent of Catholics didn’t know the bread and wine used in Communion is, “meant to become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.”

While less than half of Jewish people know that the, “great rabbi Maimonides, was Jewish.”

The highest religion scores? Atheists and agnostics who had an average of 21 correct answers in the 32-question religion survey. They also scored the highest on knowing about various world religions and the role of religion in public life.

Next were those who are Jewish and Mormon, averaging 20 correct answers.

Protestants had an average of 16 and Catholics had an average of 15 correct answers.

Want to see how your religion IQ compares to the rest of America? Take the quiz here.

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