“None Means None” – A Great Article on the Meaning of the Religiously Unaffiliated

Elizabeth Drescher, writing for Religion Dispatches, gives yet another great example of why understanding the complexity of religious issues is vital to reporting on them.

Drescher’s work interviewing “nones” – to quote Drescher, “people who answer ‘none’ when asked with what religion they affiliate or identify” reveals a complex new subset of American culture. “Nones” are not apathetic agnostics nor angry atheists, but people who have rejected traditional methods of labeling “religion” and “nonreligion”, opting for a post-identity approach.  And it goes beyond simple self-identification – according to the Pew Report 68% of the “religiously unaffiliated” believe in God or a “Universal Spirit”, and of those who identify their religion as “nothing in particular”, 81% believe in God or a Universal Spirit.

You can find the article here.

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