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"Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why"

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Romney at CPAC

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]ns_kumiho)

"I know what the national polls say. I know he makes John Kerry look like a stopped clock on, well, anything. But he'll have an understanding with the religious base: I'll do whatever you want, give you the judges you want, and you'll forgive me for being a Mormon. He has no core principles, and they understand that. What matters to Dobson et al is results. They've had enough of men like Bush who are sincere evangelicals but useless in actually implementing the theocon agenda. Romney's their tool - and a very competent, effective one. And they are his tool. It's a solid basis for a political marriage. I think he's the most formidable long-term candidate on the right. Up against Clinton, he'd probably win."

Andrew Sullivan - Romney at CPAC

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Are Americans ignorant about religion?


This scholar says "yes":

This month, HarperSanFrancisco will publish Prothero's new book "Religious Literacy," a work whose message is far more sober than its author's affect. In spite of the fact that more than 90 percent of Americans say they believe in God, only a tiny portion of them knows a thing about religion. When he began teaching college 17 years ago, Prothero writes, he discovered that few of his students could name the authors of the Christian Gospels. Fewer could name a single Hindu Scripture. Almost no one could name the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Prothero, who went to Yale in the early 1980s and speaks of his all-night bull sessions on politics and religion with reverence, realized that to re-create that climate in his classroom, his students first had to know something. And so he made it his job to (1) figure out what they didn't know and (2) teach it to them. He began giving religious literacy quizzes to his students, and, subsequently, to everyone he knew. Almost everybody failed.

Here's a quiz to test your religious literacy.

I did pretty good- only missed a couple.

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