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More "Nones?" No Surprise There!

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Pew Research recently reported their findings that religious "nones" are not only growing, they are becoming more secular. This should come as no surprise.

American Religion: Less is More

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

For most of American history, "religion" equaled Christianity. Christians understood that the only true "religion" was theirs, and other forms of faith, belief, spirituality, and so on, were pagan, heathen, mistaken, corrupted, and so on.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

Religiously Affiliated Americans Are As Devout As Ever

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion

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Much Ado About Nones? Growing, Diverse Body Offers Few Easy Answers

David Briggs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Several studies have indicated religion increases with age, with many returning to more active faith lives as they get married and have children. Contemporary cultural trends of young adults delaying marriage or embracing a single lifestyle may in part account for their lack of affiliation.

There Is A Revolution Going On In Religion, And Faith Leaders Better Listen Up

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion

The “nones,” or religiously unaffiliated, now constitute the second largest faith-related group behind Christians in the United State...

Not 'That Kind of Christian'

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Maybe we believe in God. Maybe we're not sure. Maybe we believe Jesus was human and divine. Maybe we have no idea what to think about that. Maybe we think that salvation is personal and necessary to enter God's grace.

More Atheists Might Actually Strengthen Religion

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

Since religious people are in the business of hope, some believers like myself think this decline might just be the best thing that ever happened to organized religion. Though painful and confusing, the time we are entering offers opportunities for renewal.

Half Of Former Catholics Have Forsaken Religion Altogether

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.13.2015 | Religion

Roughly half of Americans raised in Catholic households have left the church at some point -- and most of them have stayed away for good, according to...

The 30 Least Religious Cities In The United States

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion

In Portland, Oregon, a whopping 42 percent of the population identifies as religiously unaffiliated. New analysis from the the Public Religion Re...

These Are The Largest Religious Groups In American Cities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion

If you live in a major metropolitan area in the U.S., chances are your city is predominantly Catholic, religiously unaffiliated or both. Out of 30 ma...

How The 'Nones' Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

The "nones," or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing "faith" group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of ...

Leaving the Faith Because of the Faithful

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

As his disciples, we are commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and tend to the sick. When churches model that kind of faith in action, maybe more people will once again want to be a part of it.

Counting the Godless

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Poll after poll demonstrates that the number of religious people in America is declining--even Bill O'Reilly now admits it. But counting the corresponding increase of those without traditional religion continues to be a mix of moving targets and differing definitions. This is because people are often counting different groups.

The Future of Hinduism in America's Changing Religious Landscape

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The choice, as I see it for a new generation of Hindus in the U.S., is not between the Hindu tradition or another religion; it is between being Hindu or being non-religious.

Christianity in Crisis? Blame Elvis

Gary Laderman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Bill O'Reilly is wrong. Rap is not to blame for the current crisis in American Christianity. Blame Elvis, that's what I say. He is the main culprit in the current cultural transformation shaking the foundations of religion in America.

'Nones' are 'someones' in vibrant U.S. religious landscape

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The end is not near for religion in America -- or elsewhere in the world. What analysts are trying to divine, however, is the mystery of why more people are indicating "none" when asked their religious affiliation.

Christianity's Supernova: Why the Church's Loss Isn't Necessarily the Progressives' Gain

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When a big old star runs out of fuel, it collapses of its own weight. That's what appears to be happening to Christianity, at least in the advanced countries where it once dominated.

Don't Give Me That 'Old Time Religion'

Patty Kogutek | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

During this sacred Passover/Easter celebratory time, let's remind ourselves that we are called to respect one another in peace and unity. Let's embrace these values of respect, peace and unity beginning within ourselves, radiating out to all.

Leaving My Family's Religion, Building A New Community (All Together Podcast)

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, ou...

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

More Women Are Leaving Behind Religious Identities For Something More Spiritual

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Nadia Bulkin, 27, the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, spends “zero time” thinking about God. And she finds that among...

"NONES!" are Now "DONES" Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Given the widespread departure from the Church in all its varied expressions, it is a legitimate question. Add to this the reality that the Millennial generation has not only left the Church but does not seem to be returning and you have a recipe for disaster.

A Pastoral Letter to Older Generations About Those Frustrating Millennials

Derek Penwell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The question that older generations of leaders within mainline denominations must ask themselves, I suggested, therefore, is: "What if the kids don't want our church?" This is an an important issue in the age of the "nones."

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.