What Can We Learn from the Rise of the “Nones”?

The public radio show On Point spent an hour discussing the rise of the “Nones” — people with no religious affiliation — and what that means for the U.S.

Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology at Pitzer College, is one of the guests.

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For the First Time, There Are More Atheists in Norway Than Believers

Congratulations, Norway!

The percentage of Norwegians who say they don’t believe in God has, for the first time, surpassed those who do. It’s 39% atheist, 37% believer, and 23% who don’t know, according to a survey of 4,000 people by the annual social-cultural study Norwegian Monitor:

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New Survey Finds the Religiously Unaffiliated Have a Wider Gender Gap Than Any Faith Group

One of the problems with surveys about religion is that atheists tend to be lumped in with a lot of other people who believe in God but have no religious affiliation. We’re all the “Nones.” We’re all unaffiliated. That might be a helpful designation in certain contexts, but there are so many differences between atheists and believers within that category that combining our numbers means overlooking a lot of interesting data.

A new report by the Pew Research Center dealing with religion and gender actually teased out some data for atheists. You won’t be surprised to hear this, but at least in the U.S., there’s more than a 2:1 margin of male to female atheists:

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Let’s See How Religious Your State Is

Well, at least Illinois is in the bottom half of states when it comes to overall religiosity. (You’re welcome, America.)

Can your state beat that?

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Atheists and Agnostics Are the Only “Faith” Segment to Prefer Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton

The Barna Group, a polling group focusing on religion in the U.S., recently released a survey on faith’s role in the 2016 elections.

One of the charts in particular stands out because it involves “Skeptics” — defined by Barna as “individuals who describe themselves as atheist or agnostic.”

When it comes to voters who prefer Democrats, of the ten different “faith” groups listed in the survey, Skeptics were the only group to prefer Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

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