Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To Know God

At the First Thoughts blog, Joe Carter has details on a rather depressing survey that shows that far too many Americans are Religiously Illiterate:

Some other distressing findings from the survey:

Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.

I wonder how many Lutherans missed that question? (I suspect about 53 percent.)

Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ.

Really, Catholics? Really? So forty-five percent of you think about communion the same way we Southern Baptists do? (By the way, I suspect at least 53 percent of Lutherans knew the answer to that question. You won’t find too many Lutheran who can't argue about the Real Presence.)

You can take the U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz based on the survey yourself. The fifteen questions don't exactly require a deep theological understanding and it's a little shocking that so many Americans were unable to answer them. You can understand why people might not have much knowledge of religions other than their own, but to not understand the basic tenets and history of your own faith is inexcusable.