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Old 10-05-2010, 09:08 PM   #21
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Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
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OK, who knew 'The First Great Awakening' without guessing?
Knew it cold, thanks to one of the great Teaching Company courses I took a few years ago.

An easy 15/15 for me.
Of course, that seems to be expected, since I've moved over the years from Catholic to Deist to my devout agnosticism today.
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OK, who knew 'The First Great Awakening' without guessing?
Not me, but I got 15/15 anyway. On 15 it was easy to eliminate Graham (since I had never heard of the other two), and leave a 50/50 guess.
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15/15 for me. I did know the answer to the "Great Awakening", but I had to guess on the second question about the Supreme Court decisions.
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13/15 here -- missed the Jewish Sabbath and Great Awakening questions. I think there must be a moral or message in how well or poorly someone or other scores. But ... what is it?
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read no further before taking the quiz, I'm going to give away one of the answers













That one about the Sabbath is kind of a trick question. As I understand it, in Jewish reckoning, days run from sunset to sunset, so the Sabbath starts at sunset on what the rest of us call Friday evening. But is it fair for the quiz to say that Friday is the right answer? Maybe us goyim are the ones who have it backwards and days really do begin at sunset, which would mean the correct answer is that the Sabbath starts on Saturday, because Saturday starts at sunset, not at twelve midnight.
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I knew it because I studied Jonathan Edwards in colonial american history.

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Isn't he the guy who did this one?

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That one about the Sabbath is kind of a trick question. As I understand it, in Jewish reckoning, days run from sunset to sunset, so the Sabbath starts at sunset on what the rest of us call Friday evening. But is it fair for the quiz to say that Friday is the right answer? Maybe us goyim are the ones who have it backwards and days really do begin at sunset, which would mean the correct answer is that the Sabbath starts on Saturday, because Saturday starts at sunset, not at twelve midnight.
I would argue that "Friday" and "Saturday" are secular constructions, which run from midnight to midnight. There are 7 Jewish days which run from sunset to sunset, but they do not IMO correspond to Friday or Saturday. For a start, depending on the time of the year and your latitude, one day can be 5 minutes longer or shorter than the next even in temperate zones(*).

It's like "our" 12 months: the Islamic calendar has 12 months of 29 or 30 days, which is why Ramadan is about 11 days earlier each year; these months do not correspond to the secular months which the West has used for 2000 years or so and which the International Standards Organisation has formalised.

With Islamic months or Jewish days, there's no reason why the religious definition can't coexist with the secular definition, as long as you don't try to use both at once to run civil aviation.

It's pretty funny seeing various religions twisting the "7 days in a week thing" to suit their story. The reason we have 7 days in the week is that the Babylonians named a day for everything which they could see moving in the sky, which was the Sun (Sunday), the Moon (Monday), and five planets: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn (Saturday). In English, the names of the days which had previously been named after the first four of those planets were replaced by words inherited by the Vikings (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday are all named after Norse gods), but in languages from further south such as French and Italian, you can still find them, eg in Italian "martedi", "mercoledi", "giovedi", and "venerdi". Funnily enough, in super-Catholic non-Jewish Italy, Saturday is "sabato"...


(*) Of course, at the poles there is only one day per year, but hey, the rules were written assuming a flat earth. All religious calendars break down spectacularly north/south of the Arctic/Antarctic circles.
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14/15, with a correct guess on the Great Awakening. It's tidy to see how well overall results correlate with educational level (populations, not individuals!).

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14/15. Lots of lucky guessing. I´m a non practising Catholic. Like most Spaniards.
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i got 12. i would consider myself very religious, there was even a question about my religion in there...

i missed nirvana (Despite having dali lama's autobiography and another book that just talked about it...oops), the great awakening and the jewish sabbath...oh well.

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I missed the one on suffering for God. I guessed Abraham because he was willing to slaughter his kid for God. I forgot about the suffering of Job. Still, I beat most of the religious crowd.
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I missed the one on suffering for God. I guessed Abraham because he was willing to slaughter his kid for God. I forgot about the suffering of Job. Still, I beat most of the religious crowd.
I know nothing about Job. In fact, to me Job is something I and many others in this forum used to have but were glad to give it up!
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That one about the Sabbath is kind of a trick question. As I understand it, in Jewish reckoning, days run from sunset to sunset, so the Sabbath starts at sunset on what the rest of us call Friday evening. But is it fair for the quiz to say that Friday is the right answer?
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I would argue that "Friday" and "Saturday" are secular constructions, which run from midnight to midnight. There are 7 Jewish days which run from sunset to sunset, but they do not IMO correspond to Friday or Saturday. For a start, depending on the time of the year and your latitude, one day can be 5 minutes longer or shorter than the next even in temperate zones(*).

It's like "our" 12 months: the Islamic calendar has 12 months of 29 or 30 days, which is why Ramadan is about 11 days earlier each year; these months do not correspond to the secular months which the West has used for 2000 years or so and which the International Standards Organisation has formalised.

With Islamic months or Jewish days, there's no reason why the religious definition can't coexist with the secular definition, as long as you don't try to use both at once to run civil aviation.

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(*) Of course, at the poles there is only one day per year, but hey, the rules were written assuming a flat earth. All religious calendars break down spectacularly north/south of the Arctic/Antarctic circles.
Way over-complication. Since anyone who knows any practicing Jewish people are aware that they start observing their Sabbath on Friday at sunset, then the answer to the quiz is absolutely right. No question.

14/15. Missed the Jonathon Edwards guess.
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