Apparently, “everyone is blogging about this today.” (I know of a couple sites.) It doesn’t tie directly into the subject matter we normally consider here, but I thought it might be interesting to note.
According to a Pew Forum study released today, Americans on the whole don’t know much about religion. (Atheists, agnostics, Jews, and Muslims seem to know a bit more than others.) Here are some stats — particularly those most germane to the Brethren in Christ as North American evangelicals:
- Mormons answered more questions correctly about the “Bible and Christianity” than did any other group, including white evangelicals, who finished a close second.
- Only 11% of Americans know that Jonathan Edwards, as opposed to Charles Finney or Billy Graham, is associated with the First Great Awakening.
- Less than half (46%) knew that Martin Luther was instrumental in the Protestant Reformation.
And, just for fun . . .
- 4% of respondents thought Stephen King wrote Moby Dick. (There were some questions not related to religion included in the questionnaire.)
Readers: How do you respond to these statistics? Do you think Brethren in Christ are better informed about religion than most evangelicals? Do you think we know a lot (comparatively) about our own heritage? About our Christian heritage?