In the first of three shows examining faith in the Northwest we’ll explore the idea of religious literacy. How well do you understand the world’s religions? What do you gain by studying them? What do you miss out on if you don’t? A recent Pew study discovered the following:
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
What do you think of these findings? How well do you think you understand your religion or others? Take the quiz and let us know how you did! Were you surprised by the results?
- Greg Smith: Senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life and co-author of the recent U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
- Lynne Taylor: Owner and artist at Laurelwood Art
- Will Deming: Chair of the Department of Theology at the University of Portland, where he also teaches comparative religions.
- Omar Shabazz: Project developer at the Muslim Community Center of Portland