Friday, October 1, 2010
Pew Forum Proves I Suck at My Job
So for some odd reason you've missed having my commentary on your computer screen/mobile device, you have my apologies, but I've been working a good number of overtime weeks and writing sermons. I still don't really have anything for you other than to report on the most recent Pew Forum survey that you've probably already heard about.
The Pew Forum conducted a little pop quiz on a random sampling of Americans regarding how much they know about religion. The results? We bombed it worse than when I failed high school algebra two years in a row. Even people with post-graduate educations only made a D+ on average. And much to the chagrin of some Christians, atheists and Jews scored significantly higher than their Jesus-lovin' friends. Oh, how the media enjoyed spinning that one! However, a closer look at the survey finds that Evangelicals and Mormons actually knew their own faith better than atheists and Jews, but that the latter groups scored higher on the overall general knowledge about religion. This doesn't come as a surprise to me. After all, when you have the absolute truth in your hand, why would you need to know about what anyone else thinks? (Please hear the sound of sarcasm)
That all being said, the Pew Forum also proved that I must be sucking at my job. Mainline Protestants, of which the Presbyterian church I work for would be included, knew less about Christianity than atheists and even *gasp* Catholics. That's when you know your denomination is having a bad era.