We found this at a website called Christian Daily, located in New York City. Their headline is Christians in U.S. less educated than other religious groups – Pew report. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Christians in the United States are less educated compared to religious minorities and other religious groups, says a global review of census and survey data from 2010 by the Pew Research Center. Based on the review released by Pew on Tuesday, only 36 percent of the 267 million Christians in the U.S. had attended college or a vocational school. Because of this finding, they are considered as the least-educated religious group in America, The New York Times details.
We didn’t look at the Times article. This is the story at the Pew website: Religion and Education Around the World, dated 13 December. We’ll get back to Christian Daily, but it’s Pew’s study, so let’s see what they say:
Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to have the fewest years of formal schooling, according to a Pew Research Center global demographic study that shows wide disparities in average educational levels among religious groups.
These gaps in educational attainment are partly a function of where religious groups are concentrated throughout the world. For instance, the vast majority of the world’s Jews live in the United States and Israel – two economically developed countries with high levels of education overall. And low levels of attainment among Hindus reflect the fact that 98% of Hindu adults live in the developing countries of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
There may be some confusion about cause and effect here, but let’s not leap to any conclusions. On with the Pew article:
But there also are important differences in educational attainment among religious groups living in the same region, and even the same country. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, Christians generally have higher average levels of education than Muslims. Some social scientists have attributed this gap primarily to historical factors, including missionary activity during colonial times.
There’s a load of information in the article, most of it with a global perspective, and a lot about gender gaps, so let’s get back to Christian Daily:
Meanwhile, a study published in the journal “Environment and Behavior” concludes that religion is strongly associated with Americans’ rejection of the evolution theory, but not of climate change.
Now they’re talking about something we saw a few days ago at PhysOrg: Evangelicals are more skeptical of evolution than of climate change. That says:
Evangelicals are more skeptical of evolution than of climate change, according to new research from Rice University.
The research revealed that about 20 percent of the U.S. population is skeptical that climate change is occurring at all or that humans have a role in climate change, and about 45 percent of the U.S. population views natural evolution as probably or definitely false. However, the researchers found that there is a much stronger and clearer association between religion and evolution skepticism than between religion and climate-change skepticism. Almost 70 percent of surveyed respondents identifying as evangelicals said that evolution is probably or definitely false, while only 28 percent of these individuals said that the climate is not changing or that humans have no role in climate change.
There’s nothing else at Christian Daily, so that’s the news. What conclusions, if any, do you get from this?
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