The top three scorers in round two were all sincere Christians. Eve Tushnet took home ‘Most Christian Christian’ with 88% of Christian respondents rating her entry number nine as ‘Likely Christian’ or ‘Very Likely Christian.’ The next two slots were won by Elliot (entry five, 86%) and Gilbert (entry six, 85%).
So before I tell you how the shamming atheists did, let me offer a big congratulations to Elliot and Gilbert, whose entries were in the top three for honesty in both rounds. Since I know Elliot in real life, I suppose I’ll stand him a drink next time I see him, and the same goes for Gilbert, if he visits DC.
The next entry down was the first successful atheist: Guy, who wrote entry number four and got 68% of the Christians to think he was Christian. Following him was Matt DeStephano of Soul Sprawl (entry two, 60%). I’m inclined to rate these two as the only winners among the atheists, since the next atheist in the listings only scraped a 38%. Let’s check the chart.
The atheist answers are highlighted in blue. The first bar is the percent of Christian respondents rating the entry as “Very Likely Christian” and the second is the percent rating it “Likely Christian.” The entries are sorted descending by the sum of the ratings.
The two Christians to get trapped down in the bottom with the unsuccessful atheists were Christian H of The Thinking Grounds (entry twelve, 35%) and Sweet Tea (entry eleven, 21%). I wonder to what extent they scored low because the Christian part of my readership tends to be fairly conservative.
The full stats appear in the I’d-love-suggestions-on-cleaning-it-up graph below. Now. the answers are sorted according to the percent of Christian readers that rated the entry “Very Likely Christian” so the rankings have shifted. The atheist participants are highlighed by setting their grayscale gradient to run backwards, so you can think of it as the more accurate the category for that essay, the darker the datapoint.