Christian Hypocrisy

"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." - Stephen F Roberts

When discussing religion, I've always found it interesting and ironic that most believers tend to know the least about their chosen religion. The Pew Research Center conducted a study entitled the "U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey" in September of 2010. The goal was to determine how much Americans from each belief system knew about not only their chosen religion, but others as well. Atheists and agnostics scored the highest of all of those interviewed. Jews and Mormons followed closely behind with Christian denominations collectively scoring the worst.

The study demonstrated that most Americans are uninformed about the world's major religions. Sadly American Christians knew far less about their own religion than those who don't practice it. This should speak volumes to us. Atheists and agnostics, the most religiously-knowledgeable group, dismiss organized religion while those who are less religiously- knowledgeable swear to the authenticity of things they aren't even aware of. With that in mind, it becomes easier to understand why Christians willfully ignore the parts of the Bible that might not fit with their preferred interpretation. They most likely don't even know that those parts exist. Here are some of my favorite examples of Christian hypocrisy.