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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

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  • 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.

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