One more day to close our January budget gap—$7,182 short of our expenses. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Survey documents American ignorance of religious knowledge

Catholic World News - September 28, 2010

A survey of 3,412 Americans conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has documented the extent of religious ignorance.

While 44% of Americans speak frequently with friends and family about religion,

The survey also found that

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($7,182 to go):
$35,000.00 $27,818.12
21% 79%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Sep. 28, 2010 9:44 PM ET USA

    We have lost nearly 2 generations of American Cathoilcs who have been taught little about their faith. I look to parishes to educate both the adults and children in the parish the important elements of our faith - and then to the families to sustain and carry on the work of passing on the treasure of our faith. We have lost so many Catholics from Mass because they no longer even understand what it really means.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Sep. 28, 2010 2:35 PM ET USA

    I came back to offer this thought: There are no responses from Muslims in the original study. Why? Were they purposefully excluded or should we assume something about the randomness of the sampling procedures?

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 28, 2010 12:17 PM ET USA

    I would love to see university professors in our Catholic schools answer these and other questions. I can't help but think that the results would be enlightening, especially if they are asked if they believe each question of Catholic doctrine (that they teach) to be true.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Sep. 28, 2010 9:08 AM ET USA

    Yes, but this is what happens when talking about religion publicly can get you sued, so what did we honestly expect? Interesting that atheists, Jews, and Mormons were separated by less than a full point in the results. Of course, the article I read pointed out that atheists were the 'smartest' group so the results were to be expected. Of course, the NYT interviewed an atheist for this quote. To show balance, they interviewed, well, no one else. Outstanding journalism again.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Human Mix of Good and Evil January 30
Conscientious objection to vaccinations January 30
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? January 30
On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ January 29
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12