Monthly Archives: October 2010

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but that doesn’t mean I have forgotten about you. All you masses of blog readers. I’m not used to keeping a blog.I love those occasions when religion and spirituality shows up in the secular world. I am all about bridging that gap as much as possible. I encountered one such occasion a few weeks ago while driving from Everett to Seattle. The NPR radio show “To the Point” did a segment on “Who Knows What About Religion”. Here’s the link to stream the show and the writeup from their website, (You’ll have to sit through a bit of political news at the top of the program):

Who Knows What about Religion? (12:07PM) [listen]

The Pew Research Center prides itself on nonpartisan disinterest in the outcomes of its work. This week, its Forum on Religion and Public Life released a survey on religious knowledge in the United States. Some findings about one of the most religious of the developed countries are surprising. Atheists and agnostics are the best informed, along with Mormons and Jews. Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants and Catholics did not do so well when it came to the core teachings, history and leading figures of the major world religions — sometimes even their own. What does this mean in one of the most religious of the developed nations — and one of the most diverse? What are the implications for policy and politics? When a proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero has created so much dispute what are the prospects for interfaith dialogue?

  • Alan Cooperman: Associate Director of Research, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
  • Ed Buckner: Retired President, American Atheists
  • Richard Land: President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Susan Ross: Vice President, Catholic Theological Society
  • J.J. Goldberg: Editor of Forward
  • Ebrahim Moosa: Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University