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• Pew Research Center reports on what Americans know about research finding that they are usually less familiar with world religions. However, the survey also found that Americans’ levels of religious knowledge vary depending not only on what questions are being asked, but also on who is answering.
• How has religion been used as a unifying tool? How does society and culture influence religion and its message?
• Here's another article on global attitudes about diversity, gender equality, family life, and religion.
Most Americans are familiar with some of the basics of Christianity and the Bible, and even a few facts about Islam. But far fewer U.S. adults are able to correctly answer factual questions about Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, and most do not know what the U.S. Constitution says about religion as it relates to elected officials. In addition, large majorities of Americans are unsure (or incorrect) about the share of the U.S. public that is Muslim or Jewish, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that quizzed nearly 11,000 U.S. adults on a variety of religious topics.
Our surveys often ask people about their opinions, but this one was different, asking 32 fact-based, multiple-choice questions about topics related to religion (see here for full list of questions). The average U.S. adult is able to answer fewer than half of them (about 14) correctly.
The questions were designed to span a spectrum of difficulty. Some were meant to be relatively easy, to establish a baseline indication of what nearly all Americans know about religion. Others were intended to be difficult, to differentiate those who are most knowledgeable about religious topics from everyone else.
Read the full article about what Americans know about religion by Travis Mitchell at Pew Research Center.