“No Religion:” Choice for 23.1% of Americans


Health Editor’s Note: When asked your religious preference, the most rapidly rising group is the “no religion” group and the numbers continue to rise. What reason(s) would you give for this rather stunning but not surprising statistic?….Carol

There are now as many Americans who claim no religion as there are evangelicals and Catholics, a survey finds

By Neil Monahan and Saeed Amed, CNN

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(CNN)For the first time “No Religion” has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.

Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found that 23.1% of Americans now claim no religion.

Catholics came in at 23.0%, and evangelicals were at 22.5%.
The three groups remain within the margin of error of each other though, making it a statistical tie. Over 2,000 people were interviewed in person for the survey.

A Growing Number of Americans Reject Organized Religion

“Religious nones,” as they are called by researchers, are a diverse group made up of atheists, agnostics, the spiritual, and those who are no specific organized religion in particular. A rejection of organized religion is the common thread they share.

“It is the first time we have seen this. The same questions have been asked for 44 years,” Burge told CNN.

The meteoric rise of religious nones began in the early 1990s and has grown 266% since 1991, he said.


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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master's of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen - two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie - two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia - and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. Look around. You’ll notice so many people turning to satan. The way I see it, if you believe in satan, you better consider God. If forced to pick one or the other, I would choose the latter… hands down. Entrust your heart and soul to God, the Great Spirit.

  2. It is obviously the religious ‘leadership’ that discredited themselves and religion in general.

  3. It’s important to note that the studies that show the increase in people classified as “nones” also show that the vast majority of them hold Deistic beliefs. That is, they believe in God but not in any of the man-made “revealed” religions. I point this out in my book God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion ( http://deism.com/Godreasonnotreligion.htm ). It would be wonderful if these people were made aware of Deism and that they are not at all alone in their reason-based beliefs in God.

    Progress! Bob Johnson

  4. Samuel Clemens said: “Religion was born when the first con man met the first fool”. Just because this increasing sample of people doesn’t affiliate with religion doesn’t mean they aren’t spiritual. Our founding fathers were deists you know. Jefferson was right on the mark with his cut bible. The evangelicals are especially fond of saying Jesus every sentence while preaching old testament BS. Or should I say pushing. It seems there is a smear campaign to say atheism is a religion. The nature of the insults gives a clear indicator of it’ origins.

  5. I am constantly surveying people on this. One thing I noticed is if I ask, “Are you a Christian ?” many people answer yes due to peer pressure and the assumption that I am Christian myself, and want to placate me.
    The best way, is to drive by the churches during the times of service, and count the cars. There is a huge number of people claiming to be religiously affiliated who do not attend. I lived next to a church that claimed hundreds of members, but on Sunday, it was always the same 15 cars.
    The competition for numbers and money is becoming quite transparent particularly between Catholicism and Evangelicals competing for government monies and contracts. The NYS Comptroller is accompanying a Catholic delegation to “investigate” the reasoning for the migration from the main 3 countries mentioned, which I have said is primarily evangelicals converted from catholicism. https://nypost.com/2019/04/11/tom-dinapoli-joins-catholic-groups-mission-to-central-america/
    I don’t know what they could do in 3 days other than confirm testimony or eye witness accounts of what is the driving force.
    I have also found recently, that denial of proselytizing is the trend, while doing just that. This was the trend I spotted in Central America over a 5 year period and even yesterday when a woman invited me to Easter Sunday service. I said, Oh your church does missionary work ? She said no we don’t proselytize. Most Catholic laity say the same thing. So, obviously they have found people have a negative view of proselytizing. But they cannot stop doing that due to monetary requirements.

  6. Science has not “proven” religion false, but science has convincingly demonstrated that the core suppositions underpinning religious faith are misunderstandings of the natural world and of the human place in it.

    The fundamental premise of religion is that there are unseen powers in the world that are responsible for what occurs within it. This hypothesis introduces the presupposition that there are exceptions to materialistic or physical causality. Hidden spiritual agencies are held to be responsible for what occurs in nature. In seeking to explain natural phenomena whose causal mechanisms were not apparent, ancient peoples attributed them to animistic causes.

    Such magical, anthropocentric thinking is the natural state of pre-logical cultures. The theist’s problem today is that centuries of scientific investigation have not verified the existence of these entities. In the process, science has instead discovered the actual, physical explanations for the formerly inexplicable things that so baffled our ancestors.

    • Well, there is a difference between Theology and Religion. Theology is the study of the invisible forces or what is god, while religion claims to know precisely and directs followers to perform certain rituals and rules to obtain life after death. Animism is more closely tied to theology or cosmology than religion and the common links found globally and in nearly every culture, reflect findings rather than beliefs. Causation and origin are again a different level of that, but mostly ancestors were not baffled. In fact, they were highly organized and knowledge was shared globally. It is common to signify traits of human behaviors associated with periods of time in animal form, as it can be universally understood. It is perhaps more telling to note what is not represented, such as a Lion headed Bull, and predator prey is not an accurate mix. The primary groups of Lion, Bull, Human, and Bird are universal as they accurately depict the four elements, and four directions. Thus locations and traits can be determined and correlated with time and individuals, as well as spiritual forces. In this, the book of Ezekial for instance, follows the 20 days by chapter beginning with the 17th day. The four directions, and four elements, or basic calendrics. The wheels. It is starkly transparent and easily correlated throughout within the span of an hour or two. Insertions which are incorrect, become highly visible.

  7. Jesus never had a dime…And they say religious power is God…but the pope ain’t poor….Bhudda was a “thin man”….boy did he get fat…tell me my fellow fools…how much salvation can you buy?…and how bad do you need it?…preachers preachin’ the for real righteous way…monopolizing on the day…and the dark days to come…a life insurance policy for some…it just goes to show…give people something to believe in…they will buy it…try it…might even riot or die for it…speaking strictly for myself… history present and future behind…I ain’t one to be a-believin’ blind….

  8. Mrs. Duff,

    They refer to them as “none’s” or no religion as this will be America’s salvation from the crazy Catholics and rabid Evangelical’s and their voting patterns.

    However, even that Bible contains great truths such as the great peace teachings of Jesus and those that follow those will have peace in their lives and there are many fine Churches in America that live by his principals since they are a great blessing to society.

    Remember Jefferson and his edited Bible? Took a knife to the text and cut out all the nonsense and kept just the teachings of Jesus and said if followed would create the perfect society.

    “In the home of the brave, Jefferson turnin’ over in his grave
    Fools glorifying themselves, trying to manipulate Satan
    And there’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend”

    Bob Dylan

    And to Falwell and Graham and their ilk?

    Just saying…


  9. …matters not a wit to god. who are you to speak for god? show some context: let the entity speak for itself. speaking as an authority for a construct with zero proof of its empiricalness is likely a key contributor to the growth in the numbers of religious nones.

  10. Carol- Great article, I appreciate your Journalism and Work very much.
    To answer your question: ” Why is ‘No Religion’ becoming the new Normal?”
    My opinion is this: When Evangelical “Leaders” embrace corrupt political “Leaders”, they become hypocrites in the eyes of their followers.

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