Don't mean this to be another USA bashing thread.. I'm just reporting the latest in surveys of the Educational Level/State of Americans on select topics as found by certain surveys. does open a jaundiced eye or two, though More than 10% of Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife [ not a joke or T-shirt, really ] This is just one of the distressing statistics that Stephen Prothero, the Chair of the Reigious Department at Boston University, presents in his book, Religious literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - and Doesn't. He claims that although the United States is arguably the most religious nation in the developed world, it is also the religiously ignorant. How does your Biblical knowledge compare to that of Americans? Only half of those polled could even name one of the four Gospels. a mere one in three knew who delivered the Sermon on the Mount. And, less than half of those polled could identify the first book of the Bible. [ won't insult you by giving you the answers ] On the other hand 75% of adults believe that the Bible teaches that " God helps those who help themselves " [ Benjamin Franklin said it, actually ] It may be a bit surprising to learn that Evangelical Christians, who traditionally place high value on biblical literacy, fared only slightly better than their non-evangelical counterparts. Unsurprisingly, Americans know even less about Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism or Hinduism than about Christianity or Judaism This lack of Biblical proficiency is only one manifestation of a more general decline in the public's cultural and civic knowledge. according to polls conducted by the National Constitution Centre, only one third of Americans can name even one of the rights protected by the First Amendment [ no report on where the surveys were taken so possibly the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia - cue deuling banjos - may have been a factor - though I doubt it much bearing/slant on results ] okay, unleash the hounds, I've got my teflon skivvies on for the inevitable backlash of 'kill the messenger.'