No tolerance of the intolerant?!
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life did a survey of 3400 Americans recently on religion and, as the New York times summarized it: “Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.”
Asking incredibly softball multiple choice questions about religious matters (What religion was Mother Theresa? Who was responsible for the Protestant Reformation?) the Pew Survey found the group that answered the most questions correctly were the “agnostic/atheists” followed closely by Jews and Mormons. Far back were the ordinary Christian sects (evangelicals, mainstream Protestants, Catholics, etc.). While I am sure this will be controversial in some circles, it certainly isn’t here.
Basically, the finds are what they have always been: the more you know about “God-based” religions, the less likely you are to be religious.
Formal religions have known this for years. In the early days of Christianity there…
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