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...]

Christmas Gallup Poll Shows Slight Growth of Religious ‘Nones’

The latest Gallup poll shows that 15.6% of people have no religious identity, up from 15% a year ago, and 2.2% of people gave no response when asked to identify their religious identity.

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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...]


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