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How Much Do You Know about Religion in the U.S.?

How Much Do You Know about Religion in the U.S.?

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How much do you know about religion in the U.S.? The Pew Research Center interactive 15-question quiz tests your knowledge on the subject, asking questions about Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Though I just took it for the first time, the quiz isn’t particularly new. In fact, it was released in 2010 as part of Pew’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey results. The survey (conducted and analyzed separately from quiz scores) found that Jews, atheists, agnostics, and Mormons scored highest in their knowledge of U.S. religions. Those three groups answered, on average, 20 out of 32 questions correctly, with atheists/agnostics having a slight edge at an average of 20.9 correct responses. Pew says the three groups “[outperform] evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.”

I was pleased to find that answered 14 out of 15 questions correctly, scoring better than 97% of the general public – but considering that I work for a religious organization, that’s probably not a fair comparison. Your personal quiz results will also allow you to compare your religious knowledge with the overall population, with people of individual religious traditions, with people who attend worship services frequently or less often, and more.

After you’ve taken the quiz, comment here to let us know: How’d you do? Did you learn anything new?

Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She and her fiancé live in Cleveland.

Kate Bigam

Published: 6/12/2017

Categories: Jewish Life, Interfaith/Interreligious
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