Diversity within the Religious Nones


Religion Dispatches recently published an article on the diversity within the Nones, individuals who select "none of the above" on religious-affiliation surveys.

"What's in a Name? Religious Nones and the American Religious Landscape," found at religiondispatches.org, details the use of the term "Nones" from the 1960s forward and delves into the diversity of beliefsand non-beliefcaptured the under the nomenclature. 

Religion Dispatches writes, "Over the last several years the term religious 'Nones' has become a major topic of discussion and analysis by those who pay attention to religious trends. Although the term dates back at least to the 1960s, based on its current usage and popularization, it would appear as though it is a completely new designation for a growing segment of the American population—those who are unaffiliated with any religious group."

"What has caught everyone’s attention is that there has been a significant and sustained increase in the number of people who are choosing not to identify with any religion. As reported by the Pew Research Center, in 2007, 16 percent of American adults reported no religious preference or affiliation; by 2014 this statistic had increased to almost 23 percent."

Read the full article here.