The 6 Biggest Takeaways from a Study Documenting the Amazing Rise of Non-Religious Americans

A new study released today by the Public Religion Research Institute documents the incredible rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans (“Nones”), but also offers up some sobering truths about this diverse group of atheists, agnostics, and people who believe in God but don’t subscribe to any organized religion.

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Study: Religion Contributes At Least $378 Billion a Year to the U.S. Economy

A new study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion estimates that religion as a whole contributes more than $378 billion a year to our economy. That amount is “more than the global annual revenues of tech giants Apple and Microsoft combined,” but should we celebrate that? Absolutely not.

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A Decade After Atheists Were Found to be the Most Disliked Group in the Country, Little Has Changed

The good news: Atheists are no longer the most disliked minority group in America.

The bad news: Americans still really, really dislike atheists.

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There Are Major Problems With the Australian Census That May Affect the Revised Religion Question

Today marks the date of the Australian census, when a slight change in how the question about religion is asked could dramatically shift the percentage of non-religious people in the nation. But some problems with the census may undo all the work atheists did.

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Census Results Show India Has Fewer Atheists Than Rhode Island

According to 2011 census data released yesterday (because lots of data means lots of lag time), the entire subcontinent of India has only 33,304 atheists. That boils down to 0.0027% of the population. If that seems remarkably low… you’re right. There are literally more atheists in Rhode Island than in all of India.

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