Pew Study: Worldwide, One in Six Has No Religious Affiliation

A new study (PDF) out today by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life looks at numbers from 2010 and finds that 16.3% of the global population (approximately 1,126,500,000 people) have no religious affiliation:

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The Atheist Census is Back Up and Running!

After suffering a DDoS attack, the Atheist Census is back up and ready to collect data. The heading on the page now reads: [Read more...]

While the Non-Religious Demographic Grows in England and Wales, Ireland Remains a Very Catholic Country

After the release of the UK’s 2011 Census data and the promising growth of the self-identified non-religious, I thought I’d see how our friends over the Irish Sea were getting on. Their census was published way back in March and isn’t quite as promising as the UK results. Christianity and Catholicism in particular is still the dominant religion in Ireland: A whopping 90.47% identify as Christian with 84.16% of the total population being Catholic. The second largest Christian group is the Church of Ireland, representing just 2.81% of the population. In spite of the countless instances of child abuse that have rocked Ireland more than any other European country, people still feel either obligated or proud to call themselves Catholic. [Read more...]

2011 Census Shows That a Quarter of England and Wales Residents Are ‘Nones’ Despite Poorly-Worded Question

The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics just released the results of the 2011 census and the results show that nearly 25% of the people in England and Wales profess no religion (PDF) — nearly 14,100,000 people. [Read more...]

The ‘Nones’ Helped Obama Win the Election

This isn’t news for any of us, but the media is finally taking notice of the fact that the “Nones” — those who are non-religious or don’t use any particular religious label — were as solid a voting bloc for President Obama as evangelical Christians have been for Republican candidates in the past: [Read more...]


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