How much do you know about religion?
And how do you compare with the average American? Here’s your chance to find out.
Take our short, 15-question quiz, and see how you do in comparison with 3,412 randomly sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey.
I got 14 out of 15, or 93%. This puts me above the US average, as I expect most people reading this are. Higher than average scores are also typical for a Jewish atheist like me, since apparently Jews and atheists scored better than all other Americans (I expect because we’re more likely to have gone to college).
Really, though, the test results as a whole are pretty depressing — not because I want Americans to be more religious, but because so many Americans lack what should be basic cultural knowledge. The US is supposed to be one of the most religious countries on the planet. So how come atheists are more likely to know the Ten Commandments than other Americans?
Charles (who got 100%) told me that at least one of the questions seemed to have two correct answers, although Pew would only accept one as correct.
Spoilers below, so go take the test before reading on, if you’re going to.
This is the question Charles questions:
Which of these religions aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?
The answer Pew wants is “Buddhism.” But “Hinduism” would also be a correct answer, according to Charles.
Oh, and the question I got wrong was question 15, in case you’re wondering. I know nothing at all about The Great Awakening!