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.
The rise of religiously unaffiliated Latinos will change everything from politics to the way that Latino identity is configured.
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.
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.
Atheism is growing, and more importantly, it's diversifying, attracting women and people of color in a way it never has before.
From a humanist perspective, the rejection of dogmatic thinking is more important than the outright rejection of God.
Moving forward humanists will need to acknowledge humanism's benefits and its shortcomings in practice.
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.
Imagine an America where 20 percent of the U.S. population openly identifies as atheist or agnostic.