Newspaper Editorial Explains How Churches Are Driving Away the Youth

Today’s edition of the Courier-Journal (Kentucky) has a nice editorial about who the “Nones” are, what “we” believe, and how churches are driving away the youth: [Read more...]

The Best Charts About the ‘Rise of the Nones’ You’ll See All Year

Morning Edition on NPR is running a weeklong series on “Losing Our Religion” and they ran a nice story today about the “Nones” (atheists, agnostics, people who believe in “something” but don’t belong to an organized religion, etc) and it’s worth a listen. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but yay for more press about the topic!

Better than the piece, though, are the graphics by Matt Stiles appearing alongside the piece on the NPR website. They showcase the growth of the Nones (in general), the growth of young Nones, and the growth of both male and female Nones. [Read more...]

Where Did the Term ‘Nones’ Come From?

The term “None” has come to describe atheists, agnostics, and even those who believe in God without subscribing to a particular religious faith. It’s one of those words we would never use to describe ourselves, but researchers and media types frequently use it to describe us.

Wendy Thomas Russell spoke with Barry Kosmin, the man who coined the term to represent “[t]he irreligious, the unreligious, the anti-religious, and the anti-clerical”: [Read more...]

Has the ‘Rise of the Nones’ Finally Started to Plateau?

A new Gallup poll out today shows that the growth of the “Nones” — atheists, agnostics, and a whole lot of people who believe in God but don’t use a religious label — only increased slightly between 2011 and 2012:

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When It Comes to Factual Knowledge About Mormonism, the ‘Nones’ Score Highest

Somehow, I missed this report (PDF) on Mormonism from the Pew Research Center a couple of weeks ago when it came out, but it was too interesting not to mention.

When it comes to factual knowledge about Mormonism — when it was founded (after 1800) and where the Book of Mormon says Jesus appeared (“the Americas”) — guess who knows the most about the religion?

We do.

(And that’s why we’re not Mormon.) [Read more...]


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