It comes as no shock to learn that on a recent quiz designed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, atheists and agnostics are the most learned in the topic of religion. Not to say that it should be that way necessarily; only that it is; and that I find nothing particularly jarring at this news.
Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
“Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.