Here is a sample of an excerpt from an amazing article in Harper’s subtitled: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong
Only 40 percent of Americans can name more than four of the Ten Commandments, and a scant half can cite any of the four authors of the Gospels. Twelve percent believe Joan of Arc was Noahâ€™s wife. This failure to recall the specifics of our Christian heritage may be further evidence of our nationâ€™s educational decline, but it probably doesnâ€™t matter all that much in spiritual or political terms. Here is a statistic that does matter: Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that “God helps those who help themselves.” That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklinâ€™s wisdom not biblical; itâ€™s counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor. On this essential matter, most Americansâ€”most American Christiansâ€”are simply wrong, as if 75 percent of American scientists believed that Newton proved gravity causes apples to fly up.
This all assumes that most Americans still believe in gravity.