Poll finds US atheists know more about religion than believers

And you can take the test.

As reported in yesterday's New York Times, The Pew Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life has released the results of a 32-point religious quiz offered to a cross section of the American public.

One of the more novel findings is that avowed atheists fared best (20.9) , closely followed by Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3), with the various Christian denominations trailing behind.

Sadly there were insufficient Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist respondents to feature in the statistics.

Entertainingly, Pew have released a truncated quiz, which I recommend you give a go. Perhaps you could then post your percentage score, and religious affliation (if any). I may then update this article with a completely unscientific aggregation of the results.

My expectation (and hope) is that us Britons will fare a little better than our American cousins. As the man said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

Good luck!

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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