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Oddly, I rarely approach these discussions with the intent of converting anybody to my way of thinking. My role is usually just to explain why I believe--or rather don't believe--the way that I do. It is roughly akin to banging my head into a wall, but I'm apparently a glutton for punishment. But I've found in these discussions that I often--very often--know more about religion than the religious themselves do. Oh, not chapter and verse. I was never much for memorization. Still, I have reasons from my state of disbelief, and those reasons are based on the good book itself. My knowledge of Hinduism, Islam and other non-Christian faiths is a little more spotty, but that's because I've rarely run into anyone from those religions trying to convert me.
The one thing that did surprise me is that a lot of Catholics don't know that transubstantiation--the conversion of the Eucharist and wine into Jesus' actual blood and flesh--is literal. I can't say I blame them for attempting to wipe cannibalism from their minds. Just, ewww.
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. . .
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