March of the Nones: So, what DO these folks believe, anyway?

An arm raised in prayer What do the nones believe when it comes to religion—if anything?

Does the lack of a religious affiliation—being a none—mean a lack of religious beliefs? Or a penchant for New Age or spiritualist beliefs?

Are the nones creationists or evolutionists?

One stereotype of nones is that they are atheists. Not true. Only 7% say God doesn’t exist, compared with 2% of the general adult population. Atheism is almost uniformly dismissed in America.

But that doesn’t mean nones believe in a personal God. Only 27% do, compared with a whopping 70% of the general population who believe there is definitely a personal God.

Most nones reside in the middle between atheism and definite belief in a personal God. Regarding the existence of God, 35% say there is no way to know or they are not sure. About 24% believe in a higher power but not a personal God.

Do nones believe that horoscopes predict the future? Only 17% say astrology divines the future, which is about the same as the general population.

There are big differences when it comes to evolution versus creationism. About 33% of nones definitely accept human evolution, while only 17% of the general population feels the same.

Over a third of Americans in general (36%) reject the idea of human evolution—but only 17% of the nones feel that way.

Nones believe God or a least a higher power may exist, that horoscopes are mere amusements, and that humans probably evolved as Darwin said our species did.

Where do you stand on these dimensions of belief?
    If you are a none, are you a mainstream none or do your beliefs differ from the tendencies described here?

CARE TO READ MORE? Scholars and religious leaders everywhere are fascinated by this week’s topic. Today’s “Top Story” at is an interview with Harvard’s Dr. Harvey Cox, who shares some of his conclusions about these trends.

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