Michael Gerson discusses the 20% of Americans who describe their religion as “none.” It isn’t that the “Nones” (not to be confused with “nuns”) don’t believe in God, necessarily. 64% of them do. They just don’t want to affiliate with any “organized religion.”
The statistics about “Nones” probably don’t include the number of self-described Christians who feel the same way. I know of some who haven’t found a church they can agree with or that is up to their high standards. So they don’t go to church at all. After all, with their “me-and-Jesus” theology, why do they need a church? But they do.
The good news is that 40% of those raised as “Nones” drop out of their non-religion to join an actual religious institution. Hey, isn’t that about the same drop out rate, according to one measure, for young people raised in churches? [Read more…]