Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

Sep 28, 2010 | Posted by: Hedonist | Full story: www.latimes.com

If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist. Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to the term "blind faith."

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Epicurus wrote:
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With over 1200 Christian organizations, the USA has a greater number of Jesus fan clubs than any other country in the world. The proliferation of variegated brands of Christianity in America is so extreme that it acquires a comic dimension. One might discern only a subtle difference in name between, say, the "Evangelical Congregational Church" and the "Evangelical Covenant Church", or the "Church of God in Christ" and "Church of Christ" but miss a gulf of doctrinal distinction.
But then, who is bothered about doctrine anyway? Denominations, a source of so much anguish and bloodshed in the past, have diminishing importance in the era of evangelical psychosis, mega-churches and apocalyptic blockbusters. The important thing is to "have religion". "With religion" you are a patriot, defending the American way of life; without religion you are a subversive radical, an enemy.
Christianity USA is all show business and emotional razzmatazz. Organised as international corporations, with a globalised "mission" of subsidiary offices, its product is propaganda, pouring in prodigious quantity from a network of TV and radio stations and publishing houses. The intent is to draw further millions into the mass of devotees.
In choreographed extravaganzas Pastor whips up mindless love of Jesus and serious fund raising, and then retreats to his opulent sanctuary, content in knowing that he is a tireless servant of the Lord.
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/www.urbandictionary.com/defin e.php?term=christianity

"The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...yeah, makes perfect sense."

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Epicurus wrote:
<quoted text> Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.
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.
Forty-three percent of Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the foremost rabbinical authorities and philosophers, was Jewish.
What really made me laugh was one clown, some christobot, who called the survey "questions about trivia". Really? I guess that means christianity is a trivial religion, but the questions I saw were the central tenets and beliefs of their mythologies, what they often claim as the most important.

The moron obviously didn't like his fellow christians being shown for the uneducated rubes that they are, and for atheists being shown as being informed.

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What really made me laugh was one clown, some christobot, who called the survey "questions about trivia". Really? I guess that means christianity is a trivial religion, but the questions I saw were the central tenets and beliefs of their mythologies, what they often claim as the most important.
The moron obviously didn't like his fellow christians being shown for the uneducated rubes that they are, and for atheists being shown as being informed.
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These godbots simply parrot what they hear in their respective churches. Few have ever read the entire buybull, and all of them are too afraid (Lake O' Fireballs)to study the ORIGIN of their faith. If they did this, they would abandon this foolish belief and join the 21st century.

Religion is cancer upon mankind.

It continues to cause misery and death in the name of some sky fairy. The desert religions are doomed to hate one another.

Science attempts to apply some of the following criteria:

1) Skepticism of unsupported claims
2) Combination of an open mind with critical thinking
3) Attempts to repeat experimental results.
4) Requires testability
5) Seeks out falsifying data that would disprove a hypothesis
6) Uses descriptive language
7) Performs controlled experiments
8) Self-correcting
9) Relies on evidence and reason
10) Makes no claim for absolute or certain knowledge
11) Produces useful knowledge

Pseudoscience and religion relies on some of the following criteria:

1) Has a negative attitude to skepticism
2) Does not require critical thinking
3) Does not require experimental repeatability
4) Does not require tests
5) Does not accept falsifying data that would disprove a hypothesis
6) Uses vague language
7) Relies on anecdotal evidence
8) No self-correction
9) Relies on belief and faith
10) Makes absolute claims
11) Produces no useful knowledge

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