Saturday, December 22, 2007

Most Americans are ignorant about religion

Most Americans are ignorant about religion
Is the USA a Christian nation?

Do Americans understand the teachings of Jesus?

A Gallup survey has found:

1. Less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Genesis).

2. Only a third know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Billy Graham is a popular answer).

3. A quarter do not know what is celebrated at Easter (the resurrection, the foundational event of Christianity).

4. 60 % cannot name half the ten commandments.

5. 12% think Noah was married to Joan of Arc.

6. Only half can name even one of the four Gospels

7. In a survey from 2000, 60 % of evangelicals answered yes when asked whether Jesus was born in Jerusalem (the New Testament says he was born in Bethlehem).

The polls show that Evangelical Christians are only slightly more knowledgeable than their non-evangelical counterparts.


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