Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The rise of the religiously disengaged

RealClearReligion - Stirring Up More Nones:

Sometimes the headlines miss the point. For instance: "Losing our religion: One in five Americans are now 'nones'
It's a report on the latest survey by the Pew Research Center. In "Nones on the Rise," Pew says that almost 20 percent of Americans now say they are of no particular religion -- the so-called "nones." Which is an amazing jump of almost five percent in only five years. 
So the headline isn't wrong. But I'd suggest a better headline would be: "Distilling our religion: Americans either doubling down or opting out." Because drilling down, it looks like more of the remaining Americans who say they are religious are very religious. While the folks who were nominally attached to some particular church have decided to give that up.