Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The Pew Research Center has released a shocking poll: Atheists supposedly have more knowledge about the Bible and the Christian faith than most American evangelicals. The media, of course, is eating these findings up as if everyone suspected evangelicals were a bunch of self-righteous blowhard posers all along, but now there's the scientific proof.

But honestly, this isn't big news. A couple of comments:

Christian media and certain evangelical researchers have been reporting similar findings for the last 15 years or more. With all the big attention this Pew survey is getting, I bet George Barna is gnawing his wrist.

Michael Horton use to do this stunt for the White Horse Inn in which he would randomly grab folks from the floor of the Christian book publisher convention and ask them to recite the Ten Commandments. Maybe a few could do it, but most folks only knew maybe 2 or 3 of the commandments. This was suppose to demonstrate the deplorable ignorance among so-called evangelicals.

What are we to expect from the largest swathes of "Christians" who prefer to be entertained on Sunday morning rather than being taught Scripture? If the same survey had asked them to name a popular CCM artist, or who Joel Olsteen is, I would imagine there would be different results.

Evangelicals have largely abandoned any meaningful preaching and teaching of God's Word. Most of them are clueless as to theology and Church history. The churches are more concerned with doing publicity stunts like sticking it in the eye of the IRS and making sure the weekend services stay within the hour time frame. I wouldn't expect your average evangelical to know when Jonathan Edwards lived and what Martin Luther did.

Secondly, the writers of both the LA Times and NY Times articles point out the roll of education and how the atheists did much better on the survey than their evangelical foils. The implied conclusion is that atheists, who often come from religious backgrounds, some how educated themselves away from "blind faith" to reason and logic. They take religion more seriously because of their previous life as religious devotees.

But if I am not mistaken, many of these educated atheists are the same ones who entertain alternative history for Christianity. They deny the historical fact of Jesus Christ or believe Christianity is just a copy-cat faith borrowed from ancient paganism. I guess I don't see how imbibing conspiracy theories demonstrates educated intellectuals.

By the way, I scored 100 on the test. 99% better than the rest of the surveyed public.

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Blogger donsands said...

"Evangelicals have largely abandoned any meaningful preaching and teaching of God's Word."

Quite crazy but true.

I argued with a Christian that Benny Hinn was a false teacher, and others would chime in and say, "I don't know a whole lot about all this. I just know I'm a sinner, and need Jesus, and love others the best i can."

I simply ask, "Why don't you want to read and learn God's Word. He gave us 66 books of His truth. It's from our Lord, and He loves His Word. Shouldn't we?"

"I don't understand all of God's Word. I've been serving Him for 30 years, and I simply want to serve Him in love, and not doctrine."

It does sound kind of good. But it's shallow and empty really.

I do pray the Lord would grant us a deep hunger for His Word and truth. That's where it has to begin for the genuine convert.

1:33 PM, September 29, 2010  
Blogger thomas4881 said...

Reading this post caused me to remember this verse -

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

6:21 PM, September 29, 2010  
Blogger Sir Aaron said...

First of all, most people couldn't tell you who their governor is so it doesn't surprise me that they don't know the ten commandments (and even I sometimes get them out of order).

The test is about religions not just about Christianity. But I have to say, the questions about Christianity were extremely easy. I got 100 on the test but there was a question about one religion that I wasn't 100% sure about.

6:30 PM, September 29, 2010  
Blogger Raulemir said...

Mr. Fred, Muslim take test too. He intimidated when you say you make 100%. But Muslim get 100% too! Muslim know Ramadan. Muslim wish there was tie-breaking question, but happy to be tied with man such as you, Mr. Fred.

7:19 PM, September 29, 2010  
Blogger DJP said...

Emir Caner?

1:22 PM, October 01, 2010  

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