USA Today published an article today entitled, Most Americans believe in God but don’t know religious tenets. The premise of the article, as evidenced by it’s title, is that while Americans believe in God, they neither know their own nor neighbors religious tenants. Key findings of the article suggest:
- Doctrines don’t grab us. Only 55% of Catholic respondents knew the core teaching that the bread and wine in the Mass become the body and blood of Christ, and are not merely symbols. Just 19% of Protestants knew the basic tenet that salvation is through faith alone, not actions as well.
- Basic Bible eludes us. Just 55% of all respondents knew the Golden Rule isn’t one of the Ten Commandments; 45% could name all four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
- World religions are a struggle. Fewer than half (47%) knew that the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist; 27% knew most people in Indonesia are Muslims.
The challenge of course is that you only love what you know and know what you love. To divorce doctrine from our beliefs is to either re-create God in our image or to love without depth. I could walk down this path but I prefer to prove the article wrong. The following is a short survey that I would like to use to give USA Today some feedback.
The World’s Toughest Catholic Quiz was first posted by This Rock authored by Karl Keating. I have more faith in Catholics. I would love to have you take the quiz and then I will report back the results to prove that Catholics know more than they think. Good luck!
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