How is your religious literacy? Did you see the report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life? The interesting thing about this survey is that atheists and agnostics scored better than any other group. It is interesting because it reinforces other surveys that show that many Christians haven’t got a clue about Christianity.
I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad but this survey points out that only 45% of the respondents know that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the four Gospels. And here is the frightening part about this survey. I know it is only one question and you cannot nor should you even try to make a generalization on the basis on one piece of evidence but this questions seems to stump people every year that it is asked.
In his book, Saving Jesus From The Church (written in 2009), Robin Meyers points out that only one-half of those surveyed in a recent study could cite any of the four authors of the Gospels. If the results of this question haven’t fundamentally changed, what does it say about what it we do on Sundays, let alone the rest of the week?
And if we are not doing well on the basics, what does that say for what we are trying to do with the message we try to communicate?