America’s atheists and agnostics scored higher on a religious knowledge survey than evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. They scored highest on questions about religion in public life and what the Constitution says about religion, and second only to Jews on knowledge of the world’s religions.
Not surprisingly, level of education was found to be the most important determining factor, but after controlling for education and demographic factors (like gender, race, and age), atheists/agnostics, Jews, and Mormons still scored the highest overall. For interested readers, the detailed, multipage report contains numerous other breakdowns, charts, sample questions, etc.
Atheists/agnostics are sometimes called “America’s most despised minority” and scorned for being godless and immoral. For those behind such accusations, this report should come as a good rap on the knuckles. Assuming they read it, of course. And atheists, understandably, might be feeling a bit smug about the whole thing.