There’s an interesting article in USA Today about those who usually put down “none” when asked about their religion. Apparently most aren’t atheists, nor are they New Agers. According to the article, the majority are more akin to Deistic rationalists in the heritage of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine. They are mostly people who would affirm the existence of God but not adhere to a single denomination, creed or dogma.Personally, if the article is right about this, I take encouragement from this tradition of American religiosity having survived down to the present day. In an era in which there has been a resurgance of superstition and a good deal of anti-rationalism, it is reassuring to know that the category of those whose religious beliefs give an important place to reason seems to be growing rather than shrinking.
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