I suppose the only question here is whether you are surprised or not.
In a survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, atheists and agnostics are more likely to have correctly answered questions related to ritual, belief, and practice in Christianity.
Not tremendously impressive if you claim Christianity as your own. Somewhat less embarrassing news for Jews and Muslims, though; they came in tied, right behind the aforementioned atheists and agnostics.
Here’s another interesting tidbit: Mormons showed greater knowledge of the Bible than evangelical Christians. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Newt.
Let’s face it… this actually makes pretty good sense. Atheists and agnostics are more likely to have studied (a) religion before rejecting it.
All was not gloom and doom in the land of belief:
The Pew survey was not without its bright spots for the devout. Eight in 10 people surveyed knew that Mother Teresa was Catholic. Seven in 10 knew that, according to the Bible, Moses led the exodus from Egypt and that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
C’mon, folks. Read it. Question it. Own it. Regardless of what it is.