How Well Do You Know Religion?

The New York times:
So here’s my quiz on religion. Some questions have more than one correct answer.

  1. Which holy scripture declares (when fighting a defensive war): “Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent…then leave them free. Lo! God is forgiving, merciful.”
    a. The Quran
    b. The Bible, Book of Leviticus
    c. The Bible, Book of Revelation

2. Who had 700 wives?

• King Solomon
• Joseph Smith
• The Prophet Muhammad

3. Which holy book limits polygamy?

The Quran
• The Bible
• The Upanishads

4. Which country bans churches?

• Saudi Arabia
• North Korea
• Suriname

5.Which scripture describes the Virgin Mary as preferred by God over all other women?

• The Quran
• The New Testament, Gospel of Luke
• The New Testament, Gospel of Matthew

6.Which scripture describes Jesus as born to a virgin?

• The Quran
• The Gospels of Mark and John
• The Gospels of Matthew and Luke
• The Quran and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke

7.Which religious leader massacred an entire city, including “men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys,” saving only one prostitute and her family?

• Joshua, according to the Bible’s Book of Joshua
• Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, according to the Quran
• King Nebuchadnezzar, according to the Bible’s Book of Daniel

8.Who is said to have ordered a massacre of heretics and innocents alike with the explanation: “Kill them all. God will know his own”?

• Caliph Omar the Decapitator
• A Christian abbot in the Albigensian Crusade.
• King Herod

9. Who said: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”?

• Jesus, speaking to his disciples
• St. Paul, writing to the Corinthians
• Muhammad, addressing his followers in Mecca

10.Which religious leader said he came to bring “not peace but the sword”?

• Moses, in the Bible’s Book of Exodus
• Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew
• Muhammad, in the Quran

11.Which scripture says that “there is no compulsion in religion”?

• The Letter of Paul to the Romans

• The Quran
• The Bible’s Book of Genesis

12.Which scripture says: “Love your neighbor as yourself”?

• The Quran
• The Bible’s Book of Leviticus
• The Gospels of Mark and Matthew
• The Bible’s Book of Leviticus and The Gospels of Mark and Matthew
• All of the above

13. What prescribes death for apostasy?

• The Quran
• Hadith, or traditions of the Prophet
• The Book of Deuteronomy
• All of the above

14. Who says: “Women should remain silent [in religious meetings]. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission.”

• A much doubted hadith
St. Paul, but scholars believe it wasn’t he who wrote that
• Jesus, although in a third-century Gnostic gospel whose accuracy scholars doubt


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