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Old 11-28-2013, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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Interesting. I scored 85%.

Are you smarter than an atheist? A religious quiz - When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? - CSMonitor.com
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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I am an atheist.

My score was 97%, with one wrong answer. And 2 educated guesses which turned out to be correct.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Space Coast
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I missed three, but two of those were because I second guessed myself and difn't go with my first choice.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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What fun. I luv quizzes, except when I get a low score.

I liked it that they (uncommonly) defined atheism correctly.

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Old 11-28-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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I didn't do too well. I had no idea about Indonesia and a couple of the questions about names I didn't know.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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Got 100% except I almost missed the one about the time frame for the founding of Mormonism because for some reason I misread it as Islam (Mormonism --> Mohammed -- Islam, I guess).

But that is only because of my religious background.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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I didn't do too well. I had no idea about Indonesia and a couple of the questions about names I didn't know.
That's the advantage the atheist has - the Christian will not have read up on the Other religions. If the quiz had been all Christian, I imagine the title would have been: "Atheists, are you as smart as Christians?"

The one I got wrong was the faith one, and I reasoned that Faith was a pre-requisite for salivation in both religions, though my first inclination was Protestantism - Only Faith will gain salvation. Presumably poor or non -Catholics can be saved through intercession, Indulgences of just hefty donations. I may be forgiven for thinking that these corruptions were as much a thing of the past as Paedofidelling priests.

And a couple I guessed.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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The one I got wrong was the faith one, and I reasoned that Faith was a pre-requisite for salivation in both religions, though my first inclination was Protestantism - Only Faith will gain salvation.
I think some Catholics would get that question wrong or take exception to its implications, but I answered "Protestantism" mainly because that was the original primary raison d'etre for the Reformation -- salvation by faith alone. Catholics tap dance around that more in modern times but even today I think a default conception among most Catholics is that salvation = belonging to the church and not getting excommunicated, and this has to do more with behaviors and conformance than with grace. Your mileage may vary.

Of course as with all tests, you have to answer in terms of what you think the author is fishing for, not in terms of what is actually true or what you actually think is true.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I got 94%, 2 wrong.

I thought the Jewish Sabbath started on Saturday. I don't know much about the Jewish faith it seems.

I also got this one wrong;

Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?

Apart from these two the rest were pretty easy.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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I got 94%, 2 wrong.

I thought the Jewish Sabbath started on Saturday. I don't know much about the Jewish faith it seems.

I also got this one wrong;

Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?

Apart from these two the rest were pretty easy.
Those were a couple of trick questions. The sabbath is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, which would mostly be known to Jews or probably conservative Christians who would incidentally have a basic knowledge of Jewish ritual via the Old Testament. As for the Awakening question, I guessed on that one myself with about 70% certainty. I knew there was a Second Great Awakening, and was fuzzy on the dates of both Awakenings, but knew that Jonathan Edwards (he of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God sermon fame) was from an earlier era than Finney.
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