Researchers from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, an independent research group, polled 3,400 Americans and asked them 34 questions about the Bible.Â
The people who got the most answers right were….ATHEISTS.Â This was the case even when controlled for educational levels.Â
This throws into confusion all kinds of theories and strategies for spreading either Christianity or atheism.Â For example, the Gideons hand outÂ copies of the New Testiment on street corners and leave Bibles in hotel rooms.Â Could it be that the more people open up theseÂ copies and read them, the more likely it is that will they become nonbelievers?
That is exactly the theory of Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists. In the New York Times today, heÂ is quoted as saying, “I’ve heard many times the atheists know more about religion than religious people.Â Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge.Â I gave a Bible to my daughter.Â That’s how you make an atheist.”
I don’t want this bit of information to discourage people who receive something important from their faith to leave it behind.Â To the contrary, use that gift to it’s fullest.Â It’s just that from an intellectual level, the books upon which our religions are basedÂ have holes, which up to now, remain empty.