‘Religiously Unaffiliated’

Like many of you, I’m sick and tired of news sources hashing and rehashing last month’s presidential election.  I don’t want to hear about “Mitt Rominey and Bronco Bama” anymore either.  However, this particular NPR post caught my attention and was worth the reading.

This passage was particularly interesting to me:

“Young people just now entering adulthood are not only significantly more religiously unaffiliated compared with their elders today,” [Gregory Smith of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life] says, but they are also more religiously unaffiliated than previous generations of young people.

He cautions, however, against conflating the “nones” with nonbelievers.

“Those two things are not the same,” Smith says. The “nones’ are certainly less religious than those who say they belong to a religious group, but many are also believers.

“The absence of a connection to an organized religion is not the same as the absence of a religious belief or practice,” he says.

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