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Religion General Knowledge #1

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Last updated: January 08, 2018
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Who was the king of the Greek gods?
Zeus
What is the name for the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca?
Hajj
What is the last book in the Bible?
Revelation
What is Hinduism's most sacred animal?
Cow
What series of wars was an attempt by European Christians to retake the holy land?
Crusades
Who is the Norse god of Thunder?
Thor
In what city was the Jewish temple located?
Jerusalem
According to Islamic law, what can a man have no more than four of at any one time?
Wives
In Indian religions, what is the word for the state of enlightenment and
freedom from suffering?
Nirvana
Who defeated Goliath and wrote Psalms?
King David
According to Catholic dogma, what is the place of temporary punishment
and purification after death?
Purgatory
In what city is the most famous Mormon Temple located?
Salt Lake City
Who is the Hindu "destroyer" god?
Shiva
What is the indigenous religion of Japan?
Shinto
According to the Bible, in what city was Jesus born?
Bethlehem
What Christian denomination is also known as "Friends"?
Quakers
What was the ancient Greek version of heaven?
Elysian Fields
Who was the Egyptian sun god? (Hint: his name is only two letters long)
Ra
Apart from the monarch, who is the leader of the Church of England?
Archbishop of Canterbury
What city is the burial place of Mohammed?
Medina
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level 24
Jun 4, 2013
You should specify for the last book of the Bible question that it's talking about both the Old and New Testaments
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level 73
Jun 4, 2013
There's no need. The Old Testament is not The Bible.
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level 72
Jun 4, 2013
Many, many people disagree.
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level 69
Jun 4, 2013
To Jews, that is the Bible.
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level 37
Jun 4, 2013
I thought Jews only use the first five books of the Bible. Someone care to weigh in? I'm a Protestant Christian and we use Genesis-Revelation.
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level 55
Jun 4, 2013
Never heard of the Old Testament not being considered the bible. Went to a churhc school and was taught it was genesis to revelation.
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level 61
Jun 5, 2013
The Jewish "bible" is the Tanakh.
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level 33
Jun 5, 2013
Dznychick, there are three parts: Torah (first five books), the Writings, and the Prophets. This is the Old Testament to Christians.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2013
Some of you guys seem to be misunderstanding me. If The Bible is Genesis to Revelation, then where in the Old Testament is Revelation? Genesis may be the first book of the Old Testament and the first book of The Bible but the last book of the Bible cannot be the last book of the Old Testament because The Bible also includes The New Testament.
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level 33
Dec 12, 2013
The bible is a library that consists of old and new testaments, therefore Revelation is the last book of the bible.
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level 20
Jan 11, 2014
the jewish bible is the torha
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level 73
Nov 20, 2015
That's a good idea, spikele. On the other hand, whenever someone refers simply to "the Bible" without specifying which one, everybody knows which book they are talking about.
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level 27
Nov 20, 2015
The Old Testament IS part of the Christian Bible, the teachings only come from the New Testament. The Christians believe the Old Testament GoD to still be theirs
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level 73
Nov 21, 2015
Is JetPunk a Jewish context?
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level 43
Nov 21, 2015
I was not aware that Jews called the Tanakh "The Bible". I know that biblical scholars refer to it as "The Hebrew Bible", but never just "The Bible". I don't think anyone refers to the Bible as "The Christian Bible", everyone understands the context of just saying "The Bible" to mean "The Christian Bible".
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level 43
Nov 23, 2015
Kalbahamut, the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed. If you want Revelation in the Old Testament, look into the 70 Weeks of Daniel in Daniel chapter 9.
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level 73
Oct 18, 2017
fap sauce: no, I don't want to do incredibly twisted mental contortions to try and force an absurdly revisionist interpretation of the Old Testament that somehow supports some silly apocalyptic messiah zombie cult. I haven't built my life around such a thing so there is no need. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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level 58
Sep 26, 2018
There goes kal again poking fun at other religions. "...zombie cult..." Just disagree and leave it at that. No need to put down other religions just because you have a personal problem with them.
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level 73
Sep 26, 2018
There goes ctleng again, getting upset at accurate descriptions. I'm sorry you have a personal problem with those who don't share your unquestioning reverence. Lighten up. And perhaps read your Bible.

Matthew 27:52
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level 56
Jun 20, 2013
I agree! I spent 30 seconds trying to figure out why I couldn't spell Deutoronomy (which is the last book of the Bible to everyone in the world who isn't Christian)
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level 73
Oct 20, 2013
I live in Saudi Arabia and I've never heard anyone mention "The Bible" and mean something other than the Christian Bible. If they're talking about some other bible they always specify.. if they're talking about the Jewish Bible then they say the Jewish Bible, or the Tanakh, or the Torah.. but never just "The Bible" because virtually everyone would assume they were talking about the Christian bible.
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level 56
Dec 26, 2013
The meaning of the word "The Bible" is The Book. This term was used by Greeks and Romans to describe the Hebrew Genesis - Deuteronomy for centuries before Christians added more. Therefore making an assumption that people are talking about the "Christian Bible" is a mistake in all forms since both a "Jewish Bible" and "Christian Bible" would be a reference to the same book with different lengths. Therefore you would need to denote if you were speaking of the "Christian Bible" instead of the original Bible.
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level 65
Mar 28, 2014
Actually, your "anyone in the world" would refer to jews. To most other people, the bible includes both the old and new testament. It certainly does to me, and I'm neither christian, nor jewish.
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level 63
Nov 12, 2014
Umm..it's Deuteronomy...
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level 73
Nov 20, 2015
^ at this point I think these people must be trolling.
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level 57
Nov 20, 2015
As things generally go, the consensus wins. Therefore, considering how many more Christians there are than Jews, it is to safe to say that whenever someone simply refers to it as just "The Bible," it is wiser to assume that they are referring to the Christian one. You can go balls deep into semantics and Semitics, but it does not change reality.
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level 21
Nov 23, 2015
Consensus wins? Is that how you determine all your facts? What wins on this site is accuracy. It would be extremely easy for the question to read "What is the last book of the Christian Bible?"
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level 15
Feb 13, 2016
Deuteronomy is the last book of the Torah, but the Hebrew bible includes the whole Old Testament
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level 73
Apr 1, 2018
Consensus isn't always enough to make something true, but when it comes to language, it is. Language is a means of conveying information. If a word means one thing to most people, such as "The Bible" meaning the Christian Bible, or "America" meaning the United States of America.... then this is what the word means.

Occasionally the meaning of words change. And it happens right before your eyes if you pay attention. For example, the word "terrorism" was defined as a tactic whereby non-government actors would target random civilians or public property without military or strategic value in an effort to instill fear in the general populace and get them to, out of fear of being the next victims, put pressure on leaders to change policy. But these days due to political reasons and ignorance the word has been deformed to mean: "violence perpetrated by someone I don't like."

Anyway, "The Bible" has been The Bible for a very long time. Nobody's confused about this.
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level 60
Dec 14, 2016
Is the Christian version the Trilogy, where the others are rolled into one blockbusting special edition? Something like the Lord of the Rings box set?
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level 74
Dec 14, 2016
Actually you aren't far from wrong. Older Protestant bibles used to contain a separate section for apocryphal books located between the Old and New Testaments, making sort of a trilogy I suppose. Adding to the confusion, Catholic and Orthodox bibles contain some different books from the Protestant bibles and from each other.
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level 55
Jun 4, 2013
How many people who didn't know the answer 'Elysian Fields' tried to type in Strawberry Fields, like I did?
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level 37
Jun 4, 2013
Me!
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level 40
Jul 27, 2013
I was thinking of doing that, but I knew it wasn't the answer.
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level 50
Jun 19, 2014
HAHAHA!
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level 36
Jul 6, 2015
Me!
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level 70
Mar 2, 2017
W.C.? :-)
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level 40
Jun 4, 2013
I remember reading somewhere that Atheists typically do significantly better at religious knowledge quizzes than the religious do. Interesting.
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level 74
Jun 5, 2013
Well, let's start a survey. This atheist scored 18 of 20 for 90% and I have no interest in any of this whatsoever.
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level 13
Jul 10, 2013
Gnostic Christian- 19/20
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level 40
Jul 27, 2013
Well sorry to end the round of good scores here, but I only got 9/20, and I am an Atheist. I should have gotten the Archbishop of Canterbury but I couldn't spell it close enough, and I knew three others, I just couldn't think of the them off the top of my head. So I could have gotten 13/20, but that is still pretty bad.
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level 59
Aug 5, 2013
Atheist here, 17/20.
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level 64
Nov 12, 2013
Atheist, 19/20
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level 37
Dec 26, 2013
Mormon! 17/20
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level 37
Apr 7, 2014
Mulsim -20/20
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level 74
Aug 31, 2014
Methodist Christian 18/20 - missed Hajj and Medina. Knew them, just couldn't remember them.
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level 71
Nov 3, 2014
Atheist 20/20 2:30 left. Also done my share of exploring religions, though.
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level 42
Nov 22, 2014
Atheist, 20/20. Studied religion at a top university.
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level 54
Dec 2, 2014
Catholic 20/20
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level 66
Dec 21, 2014
20/20.... Christian of sorts.
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level 44
Mar 22, 2015
Atheist 20/20
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level 65
Sep 13, 2015
Muslim...17/20
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level 67
Nov 20, 2015
Lapsed Catholic, 20/20
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level 60
Nov 20, 2015
Roman Catholic: 20/20. Though was agnostic/Wiccan for a time, looked into Taoism, read tons of other stuff, etc., before coming back to the Christianity, then studied theology, entered a monastery, left (but still devout Catholic), and...now I'm here. Well, not just here on jetpunk. But also.
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level 72
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist, 19/20
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level 74
Nov 20, 2015
From what I counted so far (and I wasn't certain how to classify some,) 11 Christians missed 13, and 21 non-Christians missed 39. This small sampling doesn't support your info, Ozchris. And Elan, even though I am Christian I try to study all religions. It doesn't work to make a blanket statement about all Christians (or any other religion). We run the gamut from ultra-liberal to ultraconservative in our beliefs.
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level 67
Nov 20, 2015
Agnostic 20/20
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level 65
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist, 20/20.
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level 57
Nov 20, 2015
Scientologist - Infinity/20
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level 69
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist 20/20, knowledge mostly obtained from Jetpunk quizzes.
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level 57
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist, 20/20
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level 64
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist - 17/20
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level 72
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist, 18/20. Missed Quakers and Shiva...
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level 70
Jul 18, 2016
Atheist 19/20. Haven't encountered the 'Friends' thing before.
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level 56
Nov 12, 2016
Atheist 20/20
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level 62
Mar 12, 2017
Catholic - 18/20
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level 55
Apr 20, 2017
atheist 20/20
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level 41
Jun 29, 2017
Jesus Freak 100%
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level 23
Feb 18, 2018
Non-theistic Quaker: 19/20 (tried Kali and VIshnu but didn't get Shiva)
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level 60
Feb 18, 2018
Atheist, 20/20
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level 54
Feb 18, 2018
Proud Christian. I got 20/20
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level 74
Mar 14, 2018
Recovering Baptist 20/20
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level 71
Sep 12, 2018
Anti-Abrahamist atheist - 100%
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level 59
Sep 24, 2018
Agnostic-19 of 20
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level 75
Sep 24, 2018
Jedi Master - 0/20
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level 53
Sep 28, 2018
Agnostic, 20/20
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level 65
Mar 28, 2014
Atheist - 19/20. Missed the Quakers, but that's more a cultural thing - I'm European and they're not as well known here since we don't have any.
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level 75
Aug 19, 2015
There are plenty of Quakers in Europe. Or there are in the UK at least.
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level 65
Nov 20, 2015
Quakers are mostly spread through English-speaking countries. They are virtually non-existant elsewhere.
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level 52
Aug 15, 2018
Quakers are definitely existent in the UK. Not sure about anywhere else in Europe.
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level 50
Aug 11, 2014
Proud Christian! 20/20.
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level 68
Nov 21, 2015
Something ironic about that comment (20/20 for me as well, "humble" Christian :) )
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level 45
Aug 31, 2014
Atheist, 20/20 ;)
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level 35
Mar 12, 2017
Devout Lutheran, 20/20, 3:46.
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level 58
Nov 20, 2015
Atheist Jew: 17/20
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level 58
Nov 20, 2015
I suppose it's because non-religious people have a wider scope of all religions, not just their own.
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level 71
Nov 21, 2015
Atheist, 19/20
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level 39
Nov 5, 2017
18/20 not an Atheist.
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level 73
Sep 24, 2018
There have been different surveys with different results. Atheists score highly when it comes to knowledge of every religion, and especially "world religions" which this quiz is about. Mormons and Jews sometimes score higher than atheists on knowledge about Christianity and Judaism, respectively, but trail then when it comes to knowledge of Islam, Hinduism, Norse mythology etc. Atheists often score better on quizzes about Christianity than Catholics or mainstream Protestants. This quiz was a very easy 20/20 for this atheist.
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level 57
Sep 24, 2018
20/20 with 3:10 to spare.
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level 46
Sep 25, 2018
Atheist Hindu - 17 out of 20
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level 17
Jun 5, 2013
Scored 14/20 because of my World History class
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level 31
Jun 20, 2013
agnostic -- 17/20
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level 67
Sep 23, 2013
Undeclared - missed the spelling on Cantenburry and Quekers
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level 46
Jan 22, 2014
Agnostic, 18/20
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level 35
Jan 29, 2014
Christian, 15/20, but that is because I can't spell.
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level 45
May 5, 2014
Another spelling test?
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level 75
Jun 1, 2014
The Apocalypse should be accepted for the Book of Revelation.
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level 50
Jun 19, 2014
No, it shouldn't.
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level 47
Jan 13, 2015
Why not? In many catholic countries it is called Apocalypse. Besides, Apocalypse just means Revelations in greek.
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level 60
Nov 20, 2015
^ Yes, if someone says Apocalypse, I definitely know to what they're referring. For the most part I hear it called Revelations, though.
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level 65
Nov 20, 2015
It should, as it's the original title (it was written in Greek, and the Greek word for Revelation is Apocalypse). And in many countries, it's known by this name.
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level 81
Mar 12, 2017
I agree that Apocalypse should be allowed. I'm in Ireland and that's what we call the Book of Revelation in the readings at Mass.
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level 65
Nov 23, 2015
Second that. I was really surprised when it didn't accept "Apocaylpse" and I have to thank Eddie Izzard for reminding me "The Book of Revelations"
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level 39
Nov 5, 2017
The book of the Bible is called Revelation. That it reveals the coming of the Apocalypse is besides the point.
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level 65
May 27, 2018
Growing up in the Catholic Church, there would occasionally be "a reading from the Apocalypse of St. John". The definition of apocalypse is "a revelation". Apocalypse does NOT mean widespread destruction or end of the world. They're synonyms, not an example of cause and effect. Anyways, I answered "Revelation" but both answers work on the quiz (as they should).
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level 55
Nov 20, 2015
Please also accept Nibbana instead of Nirvana - both are used terms. One Sanskrit, the other Pali
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level 51
Nov 20, 2015
Faithful Christian 19/20. This quiz is a perfect example of why I like Jetpunk. The quizzes really get my grey matter warmed up and besides learning new stuff I learn new viewpoints on a lot of different stuff by people who know what they're talking about. I also learn facts on subjects not only from books, but from a real walking, talking people. The debates are great. Keep it up!
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level 74
Dec 14, 2016
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level 59
Nov 20, 2015
Damn you J Robert Oppenheimer!
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level 57
Nov 20, 2015
I got a headache from trying to understand this: (According to Islamic law, what can a man have no more than four of at any one time?)
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level 66
Nov 20, 2015
Four is enough to give anyone a headache!
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level 15
Dec 14, 2016
And 2 is enough to give one nausea and discomfort!
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level 65
May 27, 2018
Hell, one is often enough to cause all of the above.
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level 64
Nov 20, 2015
Bethleem should be acceptable...
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level 40
Nov 21, 2015
I know the answer to the sun god question because of crossword puzzles, LOL
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level 57
Nov 22, 2015
Actually the whole Islam and wives thing isn't necessarily correct. The verse that the idea comes from is often mistranslated. It is actually speaking about finances of men caring for orphans, and IF (key word) they cannot care for them well, they are allowed to marry more than one women to serve as mother figures. The 4 women is listed as more of an example, as in if it takes four women to care for the orphans, you are allowed to marry four. Of course, the last part of that verse is: "But if you fear you will not be fair, then only one [wife], or what your right hand possesses. This is best that you do not face financial hardship". Again, this is all a conditional situation. IF you are caring for orphans, and you need more women to help out, you are permitted, if not, don't. Four is an example, not the extent, and polygamy overall is discouraged.
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level 73
Jan 23, 2016
Then why did the most perfect and noble man who ever existed, whose soul God created before anything else in the Universe, His gift to mankind, the seal of the prophets, whose inerrant and upright example lives on in the sunnah for all people to emulate and aspire to... why did he have at least 15 wives and several sex slaves? (and uniquely forbid them all from marrying again after his death, so worried about caring for them was he)

Please don't answer that. The question is rhetorical. Also, Islam is a living religion practiced by over a billion people. The way it is practiced and understood by the majority is more relevant than the interpretations of isolated apologists attempting to fit the religion into a Western moral framework.
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level 73
Sep 24, 2018
Also interesting about the verse (and similar ones) that you quote: "then only one wife, or what your right hand possesses." Do you know what the part about "what your right hand possesses" means? This is where god is giving you permission to rape your slaves. Consent isn't even a concept in old Islamic, Christian, and Jewish texts. It's only about what you are legally allowed to have sex with and what you are not. And slaves were you property so of course you could do whatever you wanted with them. Saudis use this justification today to force themselves on their Filipina maids. For god is so merciful, and so wise.
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level 21
Nov 23, 2015
The Quizmaster should alter the question to read, "What is the last book of the Christian Bible". Easy.
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level 23
Dec 18, 2015
In the question about Indian religions, I think you should do one of two things: Either keep "Indian religions" in the question and also accept 'moksha' along with 'nirvana'. Or change "Indian religions" to specifically Buddhism. Moksha is essentially the Hindu word for the same concept as Nirvana in Buddhism so it should probably accept as well if you are asking about any Indian religions. Thanks, and it was a good quiz!
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level 57
Mar 15, 2016
Your point is correct. Though, as nirvana means 'extinction' and moksha means 'liberation,' arguably moksha is the more correct answer, if not the sole correct answer.
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level 43
Sep 14, 2016
I tried "Strawberry Fields", somehow it didn't work :b
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level 49
Nov 12, 2016
Did you add 'forever'? Try again!
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level 24
Nov 12, 2016
I spelt Jerusalem as Jereusalem. :(
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level 66
Mar 12, 2017
I'll bet you have fun with the 'Capitals of the World' quiz!
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level 49
Mar 13, 2017
En route to guessing 'Rama' for one question I accidentally got the Sun God (which I already knew).
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level 39
Apr 13, 2017
Growing up, we used the terms "Hebrew Scriptures" for the Jewish Bible and "Greek Scriptures" for the New Testament... together they made up "The Bible".
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level 43
Mar 25, 2018
Tried "Shin Tao" and my answer was rejected.
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level 33
Apr 13, 2018
I don’t think David wrote all the Psalms
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level 74
Sep 24, 2018
Thank you, Blanche DuBois and Dave Robicheaux, for helping me spell Elysian.
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level 46
Sep 24, 2018
only reason i knew crusades is because of bill wurtz. thanks bill.
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level 45
Sep 25, 2018
Easy and fun quiz.
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level 54
Sep 28, 2018
You should allow "Dave" for "David". No-one ever allows "Dave".
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