The Yahoo News website reports today (September 28, 2010) that 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.
Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study did not 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.
More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. Also, about 40 percent of Jews did not know that Maimonides -- one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history -- was Jewish.
The survey -- released today (September 28) by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life -- aimed to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding the Bible, core teachings of different faiths, and major figures in religious history.