A study being released today by the Pew Forum reveals that on the subject of religion, Atheists and other non believers know more about the subject than their church-going counterparts.
“When it comes to criticism of religion we know what we’re talking about,” said David Silverman, the new President of American Atheists.
Among the findings of the study:
-- Atheists and Agnostics were more familiar with tenets of the world’s major religions — (Ramadan, the Koran) by wide margins.
-- Atheists knew more about specifics in the Bible, such as the book of Genesis, and the fact that the “Golden Rule” was not one of the Ten Commandments.
-- Overall, the three groups that perform best in the survey are atheists and agnostics.” Non-believers received a rating of 20.9 out of 32 questions right, followed by Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Christians received a rating of 15.7.
“This confirms what we already suspected,” said Mr. Silverman. “Atheists often reach their conclusions about the universe by examining the claims of religion and then finding these claims to be wanting. This is why we challenge every believer to read, study and question their holy book. Give it serious thought before you give it your time and money.”
Blair Scott, the New Communications Director for American Atheists was also not surprised by the Pew Forum survey results. “In debate after debate it becomes clear that the Atheists and Secularists know more about religion than their opponents” said Mr. Scott. “It is this very knowledge that has led so many to become Atheists.”