Yesterday I told you about a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey of 34-hundred Americans. It showed that while 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, the average score was 50% correct on a 32-question quiz.
Are we dumb, when it comes to religion? Maybe … and maybe not so dumb. I answered five sample questions correctly, but they were all about the Bible or the Christian faith. I would not have done so well on questions about Judaism or Islam, and worse on other religions.
Obviously, most of us will say we believe in God … unless we are agnostics or atheists. I believe most honest people will admit that they’ve had some doubts along their spiritual journey. But after all, faith is not necessarily scientific. If all the evidence of history pointed to the absolute assurance of God’s existence and his love for us, we wouldn’t need faith at all.
While we’re on that spiritual journey, learning all we can about our own religion and others seems like a very good idea.
Our thought for today is from Saint Francis of Assisi:
“Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.”