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The most recent Pew Survey triggered a great deal of conversation around the rise of the non-religious. Humanists, atheists, and secularists find much to hope for in the survey results and the growing trend away from belief in the supernatural. Nevertheless, there is still work to be done, they argue, and while there is much to build on, there is still much to overcome politically and culturally.

This topic is part of our summer symposium on the Future of Faith in America. For more resources visit our Future of Faith main page.


Featured Panelists

The Rise of the Latino Nones

The Rise of the Latino Nones

Hector Avalos

The rise of religiously unaffiliated Latinos will change everything from politics to the way that Latino identity is configured.

American Atheism: Moving Beyond Stigmas

American Atheism: Moving Beyond Stigmas

Ed Buckner

Labels such as atheist, humanist, and agnostic will become more prevalent and more socially acceptable, and that we will continue to be a better, more ethical, responsible, freer nation as a result.

The Inevitable Growth of Atheism: Six Predictions

The Inevitable Growth of Atheism: Six Predictions

Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola

The question is not if religion is declining but what shape the decline is taking and how it will play out.

The Maturing Secular Community: Fewer Personalities, More Good Deeds

The Maturing Secular Community: Fewer Personalities, More Good Deeds

Adam Lee

Atheism is growing, and more importantly, it's diversifying, attracting women and people of color in a way it never has before.

The Decline of Creeds and (Eventually) a More Secular, Humanist America

The Decline of Creeds and (Eventually) a More Secular, Humanist America

Ronald Lindsay

From a humanist perspective, the rejection of dogmatic thinking is more important than the outright rejection of God.

Finding the Human in Humanism

Finding the Human in Humanism

Anthony Pinn

Moving forward humanists will need to acknowledge humanism's benefits and its shortcomings in practice.

America Is Finally Losing Its Religion—And That's a Good Thing!

America Is Finally Losing Its Religion—And That's a Good Thing!

Tomas Rees

We are seeing a snowball effect as loss of religion cascades through generations. The secularization we have seen so far is merely a taste of what is to come.

Atheism in America: 20 for 2020

Atheism in America: 20 for 2020

Roy Speckhardt

Imagine an America where 20 percent of the U.S. population openly identifies as atheist or agnostic.