March of the Nones: Why do millions of us have no religious affiliation?

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Are you one of the nones? Ever been one?


Have you heard of the March of the Nones? It’s one of the hottest trends in religion today—a rising number of Americans who say “none” when polled about their religious affiliation.

In 2008, 15% of Americans declared “none” when asked about their religious affiliation, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Only 8.1% said the same in 1990.

To put this figure into perspective—15% is far greater than the combined total of all non-Christian religious groups in America.

This week on, we’ll explore this trend. It doesn’t occur uniformly throughout American society. It varies by age, place, and gender. For example, almost one in four Americans aged 18–29 say they are nones.

Are you numbered among the nones? Do you have nones living in your household?

I was never officially a none. But my participation in organized religion languished for many decades so that I appeared to be one. These days, my family and I are actively involved in a local congregation.

Today, please tell us a little about your own experience: What were you when you were younger?
    Were you a none when you were young?
    Did you have a religious affiliation?

In just a phrase, how would you describe your orientation to religion today?

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