Nearly One in Five Americans Have No Religious Affiliation

A new study hasn’t been released, but Cathy Grossman of USA Today has an article about how 19% of Americans have no religious affiliation, referring to surveys put out by the Pew Center for the People and the Press: The rapid rise of Nones — including atheists, agnostics and those who say they believe “nothing [Read More...]

Why Aren’t Atheist Parents Raising Atheist Children?

I’ve been seeing this image a lot over the past week: Hey! We’re at the bottom of the list when it comes to retention rates! That’s bad, right? Not quite. Where did that 30% number come from? When the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted its massive U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, only 432 [Read More...]

Confidence in Organized Religion at an All-Time Low, Says Gallup

How much confidence do you have in the church/organized religion? That’s the question Gallup recently asked people. Then they grouped together the people who had a “Great Deal” or “Quite a Lot” of confidence in the church. Even combined, the resulting trend has a beautiful downward slope: In 1973, “the church or organized religion” was [Read More...]

Black Women Are Very Religious, Says New Survey from Captain Obvious

It’s not like you need the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation to tell you this, but black people are very religious. Black women, especially: The survey found that 74 percent of black women and 70 percent of black men said that “living a religious life” is very important. On that same question, the [Read More...]

Were Non-Religious Australians Under-Reported in the 2012 Census? The Raw Data Suggests They Were

Last week, I mentioned that the results of the 2011 Australian census had come out and the percentage of people marking “No religion” had shot up to 22.3% of the population, making them the second largest demographic group. Sounded pretty awesome. But there may be good reason to doubt those numbers. In fact, non-religious Australians [Read More...]


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