How much do Americans know about religion?: News Roundup

How much do Americans know about religion? Based on a new survey from the PEW Forum, not all that much.

On average people answered half the questions correctly, and many were unable to event answer questions about their own religions. And turns out agnostics, atheists, Jews and Mormons are the most knowledgeable about religion, out performing Protestants and Catholics.
Here are some of the findings (Journal Sentinel):
  • Mormons and white evangelicals knew the most about Christianity and the Bible.
  • Jews, atheists and agnostics were most knowledgeable about world religions and the role of religion in public life, including what the U.S. Constitution says about religion.
  • Nearly half of all Catholics surveyed did not know their church teaches that the bread and wine in Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.
  • More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.
  • And four in 10 Jews did not know that the medieval philosopher Maimonides was Jewish.
For one of the most religious countries in the world, we could clearly all afford to learn more about each other’s faiths (and our own). A start would be making religious literacy an emphasis in school curricula, starting with our youngest students, so we can create more educated, tolerant adults who are prepared to enter a pluralistic society.
BeliefNet and the Washington Post weigh in.
Reports of religious discrimination at work against Muslim employees are on the rise, with the number of complaints even higher than right after 9/11. Although Muslims make up only 2% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 25% of religious discrimination suits with the EEOC last year.
And one way for companies to avoid discrimination claims and navigate their religiously-diverse workplaces is with Tanenbaum’s online toolkit, Religion at Work: A Human Resource for Managers. Take a look!
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