“Nones” on the Rise (decline of religious affiliation)


mentalfloss
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“Nones” on the Rise

The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.

In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%).3

This large and growing group of Americans is less religious than the public at large on many conventional measures, including frequency of attendance at religious services and the degree of importance they attach to religion in their lives.

However, a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted jointly with the PBS television program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, finds that many of the country’s 46 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way. Two-thirds of them say they believe in God (68%). More than half say they often feel a deep connection with nature and the earth (58%), while more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” (37%), and one-in-five (21%) say they pray every day. In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor.

With few exceptions, though, the unaffiliated say they are not looking for a religion that would be right for them. Overwhelmingly, they think that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics.

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“Nones” on the Rise | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
 
Tecumsehsbones
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I was taught by nones in school.
 
The Old Medic
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I would suspect that a significant proportion of those that answer "None" simply do not believe that their religious beliefs are anyones business, other than their own.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Old MedicView Post

I would suspect that a significant proportion of those that answer "None" simply do not believe that their religious beliefs are anyones business, other than their own.


Well, that and perhaps they don't have any.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Nones on the rise; nuns on the decline.
 
WLDB
No Party Affiliation
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Thats what my room mate and I marked on the census here. Probably the last time that question will be on it for awhile.
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Old MedicView Post

I would suspect that a significant proportion of those that answer "None" simply do not believe that their religious beliefs are anyones business, other than their own.


People see that the Govt collects info they should not. Why would they voluntarily provide more.
From the link.

However, a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted jointly with the PBS television program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, finds that many of the country’s 46 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way. Two-thirds of them say they believe in God (68%). More than half say they often feel a deep connection with nature and the earth (58%), while more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” (37%), and one-in-five (21%) say they pray every day. In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Goober, lying about religious affiliation on the census cuts both ways. Those who ordinarily would confess to "None" might well state, fearing prying eyes, the religion into which they were born. Those are called "Born Oncers".
 
Liberalman
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Give me enough money and I will save your soul
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Goober, lying about religious affiliation on the census cuts both ways. Those who ordinarily would confess to "None" might well state, fearing prying eyes, the religion into which they were born. Those are called "Born Oncers".

Lying, I look at it as telling the Govt to k my a-s-s- on that question.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Well, said! I was trying to be diplomatic.
 
DaSleeper
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Questions such as religion or income etc. that I'm not obligated to respond, I leave blank......
If a lot of people do that, they might count that as atheist or agnostic??
Since the last time I filled out the census form it was on the internet, there was no way for me to write down "None of your business"
They registered me to vote in the next election anyway
 
mentalfloss
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I think the stats are pretty accurate but I can see some people fibbing on the census.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I think the stats are pretty accurate but I can see some people fibbing on the census.

Do fibbers go to hell?
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Do fibbers go to hell?

nope, it's a venial sin, unless of course you are fibbing about the bodies buried in the basement...then ya might go to that fictitious place known as hell
 

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