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Religious Literacy

The Bible's Violent God Isn't

Pete Enns | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

There's no escaping the fact that Christians who take the Bible as a God-given dependable, trustworthy, and accurate source of information about God have some thinking to do.

Defining God: Revealing the Poverty of Religious Literacy

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

While recent events and crises demand our mourning and reflection on the implications of violence and bloodshed, a recent development in Malaysia also demands our reflection on the implications of ignorance and fear in our world.

Our History Of Religious Intolerance Must Come To An End

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

We have a moral duty -- as both people of faith and Americans -- to take a stand for religious liberty and to make space for the Muslim-American identity to grow and prosper. Indeed, we will fail the guiding principles of this nation if we do not.

The Real Muslim Problem

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

When reading about the Afghanistan war, many people begin to conflate all Muslims with the radicals that we hear about on a daily basis. But what about this wonderful woman and her family and friends, who use Islam as a rich resource to promote peace?

Sanctum Santorum: He's Not The Only Ignorant One

Philip Goldberg | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Dividing us broadly into Christian, Hindu or Muslim might make for neat chapter headings in comparative religion books, but in a globalized, pluralistic world, the brand names don't say enough about the actual spiritual lives of individuals.

Occupy Interfaith: Why Millennials, Including The Irreligious, Need To Care About Religion

Chris Stedman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

But what this irreligious, apathetic stance toward religion and the religious doesn't account for is the fact that we live in a world where many people do think and do care about religion -- a lot.

Sex In The Bible: An Interview With The Author Of 'Unprotected Texts'

Stephen Prothero | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Stephen Prothero

The only way the Bible can be a sexual rulebook is if no one reads it. Unprotected Texts seeks to offer a comprehensive, accessible discussion of the Bible in its entirety.

What Americans Really Need To Know About Religion

Diane Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diane Winston

How important is it to know that Jonathan Edwards was an 18th-century revivalist? The survey's focus on factoids obscures a central challenge of the 21st century: negotiating the absolute conflict of multiple religious absolutes.

God In The U.S.A.: Americans Know More About Religion Than Most Other Subjects

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

The real headline coming out of this week's survey on God in America should be that our knowledge of religion is not as bad as other subjects, and is arguably stronger.

How Much Do YOU Know About Religion? Take The Quiz

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

And how do you compare with the average American? Here's your chance to find out. Take this short, 15-question quiz, and see how you do in comparison...

Americans Don't Know Much Abut The Bible -- Still!

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

For all of the talk of America being a "Christian Nation" and being founded on "religious principles," many Americans are as misinformed about religion as they are about history, basic science and geography.

Atheists, Agnostics Most Knowledgeable About Religion Than Believers, Survey Finds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Washington, D.C. -- Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge. They outperf...

Atheists, Agnostics Know The Most About Religion

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

At the present juncture of history, Western Christianity is suffering from a bad case of spiritual amnesia. Even those who claim to be devout or conservative often know little about the history of their faith traditions.

What Does The Buddha Have To Do With Jesus?

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Every religious leader -- Rabbi, Imam, or Priest -- must be required to know a second religious language.

Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Speaking as someone who, well, had the conversion experience 14 years ago that I recounted in my last post, we Christians too often fail in these ten ways.