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FRONT PAGE  |  8/4/2015
MONDAY, JAN 24, 2011  |  9 comments
When atheists know more than Christians
A disturbing poll by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that U.S. atheists and agnostics, as well as Jews and Mormons, know more about religion than do most of the strong majority of Americans who are Protestants and Catholics.

Fewer than half of Americans can name the four Christian gospels, according to the Pew survey of 3,400 adult Americans. That's the same grim statistic that describes how many know the Dalai Lama is Buddhist, the Koran is Muslims' holy book and that Martin Luther inspired the Protestant Reformation.

One-third of Americans falsely believe, according to other polls, that evangelist Billy Graham delivered the Sermon on the Mount. (It was Jesus.) And more than half of Americans do not recognize that Judaism is a religion. ...


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News Item1/25/11 9:38 AM
agan  Find all comments by agan
D Mike Canard wrote:
You got that right! Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Whereas the Roman Catholic "church(?)" has been heretically wrong and satanically blind for centuries.

The papists worship old long dead bones; - whereas the REAL Church - The Protestant Church - Worships the living God and His Son Jesus.

The popery of Rome worships cold hard alabaster statuettes; - Whereas the REAL Church - the Protestant Church - worships the living God and His Son the Christ.

The satanic Vatican and their Bible ignorant followers worship and pray to dead sinners and relics; - Whereas the TRUE Protestant Church which emerged from God's ordained Reformation, has the common sense NOT to be that blind.

The "GOD hating" Roman Catholics blatantly sin and break the following commandment...

Ex 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"

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News Item1/24/11 10:03 PM
Joe the Protestant  Find all comments by Joe the Protestant
D Mike Canard wrote:
You got that right! Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Your editing of Agan's comment, was a misrepresentation of his post. You made it look like he was saying that Satan inspired Luther.
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News Item1/24/11 8:03 PM
D Mike Canard  Find all comments by D Mike Canard
agan wrote:
And if one goes a little further back, who inspired Martin Luther?
Of course Satan
You got that right! Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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News Item1/24/11 7:28 PM
Dominic | Uk  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dominic
I know how bad it is in churches working in a Christian bookshop,when I studied in canterbury some atheists had read the bible in greek and I knew one homosexual man that had studied theology and the department was led by a non Christian as Christianity can be studied like evolution or some other subject
With modern technology Christians should know there bible well as Tyneside time there was only a few English bibles in the country but we can have bible on our phones to computers and every electronic device but yet we do not use it
Entertainment has so dumbed down the society and Christians that thinking has become a lost art and because there is a direct link between how much we watch and read.
We would rather watch rather than read gods word.
It is embaressing if you are witnessing and the atheist knows more of the bible than you
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News Item1/24/11 3:55 PM
agan  Find all comments by agan
"and that Martin Luther inspired the Protestant Reformation."

And if one goes a little further back, who inspired Martin Luther?

Of course Satan knows far more than any Christian, but he is not stupid enough to be an atheist. He just blinds them and uses them against the work of God on earth.

"White evangelicals, however, averaged scores of only 17, while white Catholics and mainline Protestants were able to answer just 16 of the questions."

I doubt whether these guys would know a true evangelical from a duck billed platypus. Statistics are for politicians and other commedians.

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News Item1/24/11 3:10 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Yes, SF John, it is a shame that cult members and atheists know more about Christianity than so-called Christians. I put Catholicism in the so-called category because it isn't really Christianity q.v., Should Roman Catholicism really be classified as a Christian religion? -- No. They are not encouraged for in depth Bible study for example. Catholic Bible Studies.

I think there are quice a few atheists that came from a Catholic background, and it doesn't surprise me that much. I think some others no matter what their background were jilted by Christian (ex-) girlfriends at least that seems like an explanation for some of them.

Mockers have been around ever since Satan, and his followers are keeping up his tranditions.

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News Item1/24/11 11:28 AM
San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
I'm not surprised.

Those who hate Christianity are likely going to be highly motivated to "know their enemy" so as to be better able to defeat them, whereas those who merely identify with "Christianity" on a cultural, family-history level--having seldom darkened the door of any church themselves--are likely to know very little about the faith they profess.

In a college-level writing class in 1981, my Atheist-professor referenced Christ's actions prior to His crucifixion by asking our class of some 30+ students the name of the garden in which Christ prayed.

I marveled at the silence, thinking the question to be rather easy for anyone with any kind of Christian background.

I finally raised my hand and said "Gesthemene", to the smile of my professor, which made me wonder: Is he happy that I knew the answer or is he happy that I was the ONLY one who knew the answer. Probably both.

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News Item1/24/11 10:38 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
I'm curious how many of these atheists have church experience in their backgrounds. My guess is either none at all, or too much of the wrong kind.

For example, it is no wonder that comedian George Carlin often mocks Christianity. He grew up Catholic; any thinking person would have a hard time swallowing its apologetics.

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News Item1/24/11 8:55 AM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Protected NameFind all comments by Scott McMahan
Having read some atheists like Walter Kaufmann, they may know more about Christianity from a factual or technical perspective, but they are usually remarkably ignorant of theology and the deeper meaning. (Either that, or they just ignore it in favor of their straw-man arguments.) Kaufmann, I would say, is several notches above pop-atheism like Hitchens, Dawkins, and Dennett, and has a more sophisticated critique of Christianity than the pop-atheists, but even Kaufmann doesn't seem to understand Christianity on a meaningful level.

I find it very difficult to believe fewer than half of Americans can name the four gospels. I wonder about this study.

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