According to a 2007USA Today
story, most Americans "get an F in religion." Similarly, a 2010 poll by the Pew Research Center conducted a "U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey"
that confirmed how Americans struggle to answer questions about their own religion, as well as others. Out of 32 questions, most respondents answered only half correctly. Quite simply, religious illiteracy is a problem. Media coverage, which typically frames religion stories in terms of conflict, and the spread of misinformation on the web does not help.
In response to the problem of religious illiteracy, the Religion 101 project provides students with access to scholarly perspectives on themes and traditions central to the study of religion. Here, students can find credible views along with varying perspectives on a range of issues in religious studies. Over time, the topics and contributors on this website will grow. Stay tuned!