Fewer than one in 20 are able to name all Ten Commandments, while 62% did not know the parable of the Prodigal Son and 60% could not name anything about the Good Samaritan.
The initial research findings from The National Biblical Literacy Survey 2009 also revealed that 40% did not know that among Christians the tradition of giving Christmas gifts came from the story of the Wise Men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus.
While only 5% of people could name all the Ten Commandments, 16% could not name any.
The survey also showed that despite the success of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 57% knew nothing about Joseph and his brothers. One respondent said David and Goliath was the name of a ship while another thought Daniel – who survived being thrown into the lions’ den – was The Lion King.