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U.S. adults who are atheists, agnostics or unaffiliated with any religious teaching cited “questioning religious teachings” as the many reason they don’t subscribe to any religion. […] Read More

Generation Z is the loneliest generation currently alive around the globe, according to a survey conducted by Cigna, a global health service company. This came as a surprise to many people who naturally assumed that the oldest generation would be the ones who experienced the greatest loneliness, not young vibrant 18- to 22-year-olds who boast […] Read More

What, if any, relationship exists between the Christian Right’s public conflicts over policies and the growth of “nones” (people claiming no religious affiliation) in the U.S.? That question was the focus of research conducted by Paul A. Djupe, Denison University; Jacob R. Neiheisel, University at Buffalo; and Kimberly H. Conger, University of Cincinnati. Their research […] Read More

A strong majority (64 percent) of U.S. adults who self-identify “spiritual but not religious” remain affiliated with a religious tradition, according to a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) analysis released on Nov. 6. “Roughly one in five (18 percent) identify as white mainline Protestant, and an equal number (18 percent) identify as Catholic. Thirteen percent […] Read More

The percent of white Christians has dropped from 81 percent of the U.S. population (1976) to 43 percent (2016), while the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 7 percent to 24 percent over the same period. These were two key trends revealed in a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) report released on Sept. 6. “Much of […] Read More

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead,” he added this question: “What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon?” I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there has been an unprecedented decline in the number of people who go to church regularly and, more […] Read More

Ministry used to be simpler it seems. You had your kids, your youth, your adults and your seniors. You could tell who was who simply by looking at them. Then you knew what to do. Kids? Play-Doh, cookies and Bible stories would get the job done. Youth? Some pizza, ping pong and discussion topics got […] Read More

Religious participation in the U.S. among those who affiliate with a faith tradition has remained steady. Yet, overall religious engagement has declined due to an increase in the number of people not affiliated with any faith tradition (“nones”) who are less likely to engage in religious practices. A newly released Pew Research Center survey found […] Read More

I was chatting recently with a Christian magazine editor and the subject of the “nones” came up. The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is how to attract “nones” back to church, or at least how to keep millennials (many of whom are perceived as abandoning church altogether) in the churches. One strategy that’s floating […] Read More

The more we’re online as a society, the less religious we are. According to MIT’s Technology Review, a new study by computer scientist Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering concludes, “Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation.” Downey’s study analyzed statistics from 9,000 respondents to the University of Chicago’s general social survey in 2010. […] Read More