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Millennial Agnostics And The God-Shaped Hole

Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

Alex Preston, author of The Revelations, joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modaressy-Tehrani to discuss millennial religious beliefs and the search f...

Who Are These Religious 'Nones'?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) In recent surveys, the religious “nones” — as in, “none of the above” — appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none”...

The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion but Good Religion

Martin Thielen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

What is the proper response to bad religion? Some argue that the answer to bad religion is no religion. A growing number of "new atheists" argue that since religion can be toxic, we need to get rid of faith altogether. But that's a weak argument.

De Blasio: America's Most Prominent 'Religious None'

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) From its historic black churches to large Jewish enclaves to landmark Catholic and Protestant churches, New York City is the ultimate r...

10 Things You Should Know About The Transforming Global Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a comprehensive demographic study of over 230 countries and territories in 2012, a...

Rise Of The Latino Nones

Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

Hispanics living in the United States are now increasingly evangelical Protestants or religiously unaffiliated as the number of Catholics among them d...

Born and Raised: More Americans Are Being Raised Without Religion and Choosing to Stay that Way

Daniel Cox | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Daniel Cox

The increasing number of Americans raised in nonreligious homes presents a significant challenge to churches. Instead of luring back those who were once part of a religious community, they now face the prospect of trying to attract those with no formative religious experiences to draw on.

Six Types Of Non-Believers And Other Surprising Facts From Atheism Study

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga report that atheists are just as heterogenous of a group as people of faith, in a study done...

LOOK: Surprising Reaction To The Growth Of 'No Religion'

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

Surveys have frequently shown that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans -- including but not limited to atheists, agnostics and people who...

What Does 'Religion' Mean?

Gary Laderman | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Christians used to be the prime authority on these matters in American society. Now the media and Internet do not have as much of a stake in maintaining traditional boundaries and have instead leveled the playing field completely. Religion can mean everything and anything.

An Open Letter To The Theist Community

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

In the same way as you would never use a Stradivarius as a door stop or a Porsche as a plough, we must strive to not cause the masses to believe that authentic, transformational, brilliant and beautiful spirituality is just so much vapor.

Interspiritual Revolution: How The Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality And [New]Monasticism

Rory McEntee | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rory McEntee

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past. This is why the Interspiritual Revolution is so important.

How To Avoid A Religious Apocalypse: 6 Changes The Church Needs To Make

Christine Organ | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

Study after study tells us that Americans are leaving religion in droves, with the number of spiritual but not religious increasing dramatically. Though some of these predictions may be an over-dramatization, significant changes in organized religion are inevitable and necessary.

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Rise of Religious "Nones" Indicates the End of Religion As We Know It

Gary Laderman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The rise of the "nones" surely suggests it is the end of religion as we know it. Forget churches; forget priests and pastors; forget the Bible; forget organized religion generally.

Interfaith Marriage In America: Past And Future

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Many books have characterized interfaith marriage as a challenge, a risk, a threat or worse. Erika B. Seamon brings a new perspective to the topic in her recent book, which chronicles the history of intermarriage and the effects of contemporary interfaith marriages on religious institutions.

How To Be Spiritual But Not Religious In A Way That Actually Helps

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

People appear to have all the old needs for some sense of certainty, for some sense of direction, but increasingly find the old ways unhelpful, or even harmful. We are at a time of crisis. And, as people sometimes notice at such moments, we are also at a time of opportunity.

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

From Nun To None

Patty Kogutek | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

My journey going from nun to none has been one of finding my true spirituality weaving my beliefs with those that I grew up with. Let us all learn with and from each other as we celebrate the journey together as the "one" that we are.

Does Atheist = Secularist = None?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Let there be no doubt: There is a lot of disagreement among scholars as to how the terms utilized above are best defined. And two of those scholars who really disagree are myself and Professor Phil Zuckerman.

5 Hopeful Signs For U.S. Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources. Yet there are also more hopeful trends about the health and mission of houses of worship.

What Happens When We Name The Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Although some scholars have used the label since at least the 1960s, the ongoing discussions about Nones have popularized this new identity out of nothing. And this has significant potential to influence society.

Godless America: The New Religious-less Reality

Staks Rosch | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Staks Rosch

People are starting to think critically about the beliefs they have been indoctrinated to believe and they are leaving their religions behind.

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?