A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.
Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.
I think you are going to find this in many countries where we have such a large mixed bag of people from all over the world.
Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers, while Jews and Mormons followed with about 20 accurate responses. Protestants overall averaged 16 correct answers, while Catholics followed with a score of about 15.
I guess the notion of a Christian nation may not really apply anymore. I really find it ironic in a way that the agnostics/atheists seem to know more about religions than Christians or Catholics in the US.
The study also found that many Americans don't understand constitutional restrictions on religion in public schools. While a majority know that public school teachers cannot lead classes in prayer, less than a quarter know that the U.S. Supreme Court has clearly stated that teachers can read from the Bible as an example of literature.
Some possible questions here:
Do Americans know more about Islam than they do about Christianity?
Can they really call themselves a Christian (or whatever) if they can't tell you what the religion is about and what it's basic tenets are?
If you know more about another religion than your own, can you really say that there is a problem with another religion? There is some irony in all this as well. But I am having a hard time trying to exactly convey the message.