“No Religion:” Choice for 23.1% of Americans

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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

See full Story at CNN

(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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  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’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
    http://www.deism.com

  3. 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.

  4. What should one expect? America has produced some of the great ministers and prophets of Christianity: Billy and Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, John Hagee and let’s not forget the holiness of the likes of Jim Baker, Jimmy Sweigart, Ted Hagard, in fact here’s a list of the great ministers of faith who have obviously been taking care of their flock…..and shearing them in return:https://stories.avvo.com/nakedlaw/bizarre/6-outrageously-wealthy-preachers-under-federal-investigation.html
    Last year Gordon exposed another great minister of the faith by asking his congregation for enough money to purchase a brand new Dassault Falcon 7X private jet, obviously so he could jet set off to the holy land with a half dozen or so female members ( all under twenty) of the choir.
    With over 40,000 churches in America and each one proclaiming to be the ultimate voice of God one then has to wonder just who’s right and who’s wrong,…… or are they all right or all wrong?
    In America, religion is a business and even better, it’s a tax free business. What a great deal! We get to sell the idea of an invisible deity to some ignorant near literate schmuck, charge him for it and then live like kings or even Donald Trump! We can own apartment buildings, titty bars, amusement parks and everything else and PAY NO TAXES! Man, I got into the wrong business of making money honestly through hard study and work. I shoulda got into the religion business, I would be a multi millionaire by now. Maybe even own my own jet plane or big expensive European luxury car and a mansion and a yacht with female crew…..all of it tax free!
    Make America Great Again….join my church.

    • Instead of “sell” I could have used the word “hustle” because that’s exactly what those people are: religious hustlers the same as the ones who came up with the idea of a certain ethno group who claim to have wandered the desert in search of some sort of salvation as they were being cruelly repressed, all the while driving goats into the desert to absolve themselves of their sins while worshiping a golden calf and sacrificing infants.

  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….
    Anonymous

    • Well Jesus may have never had a dime but modern day preachers of his words certainly do, lots and lots of dimes that amount to millions of dollars.
      “…. and if you donate to our ministry, you will receive as a gift this crystal cross( made of cheap glass) for ever $100 donation.”
      Right.

  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…

    Nine

    • A teacher once noted that “anything beLIEved is a LIE”. Whether or not one “believes” in GOD matters not a wit to GOD. In actuality, it appears that both ignorance and agnosticism — both active mental constructs — take about as much energy as does getting on a spiritual path and sticking to it until one encounters a speedier HIGHWAY, so to write. I have no dog in this hunt — AND, I recommend picking up a copy of Yogi Bhajan’s series of lectures and manual of kundalini exercises for the Mind (entitled — wait! — The Mind). I hold the belief — an interesting turn of phrase used by Sikh teachers I have known and studied with — subject to continual reassessment, verification, and research — our failure to instruct children and older earth-bound humans in the structure, workings, and applications of Mind. I know others have their characterizations (e.g., Preston James); I call this a War Against Humanity. I would bet a dime to a dollar that TPTB have not neglected these teachings and courses of study to (((their))) adherents!
      So, yes, I have to agree. Our very large arrays of BELIEVERS in “Christian” religions through “Western” civilization appear to have done little good recently for GOD or humanity.

    • …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.

  9. 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.