Understanding The Unaffiliated: One-Fifth Of Americans Don't Identify With Any Religion
With the holiday season in full swing, many turn to their religion for traditions and spiritual meaning. But for a growing segment of Americans, there’s little interest in finding a house of worship. We’re looking at the trend toward these so-called ‘nones,’ who include not only atheists and agnostics, but folks with a variety of beliefs.
- Randall Balmer – historian, author, and religion professor at Dartmouth College. He has written extensively about American religion and is also an Episcopal priest.
- Michele Dillon - professor of sociology and department chair at UNH. She has written extensively about Catholicism and new religious trends.
- Katherine Ozment – freelance journalist and author of Boston Magazine article “Losing Our Religion,” about raising a family outside of any church. She is currently writing her first book, Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age.
- A 2012 Pew report found that one-fifth of Americans don't identify with any religion, and a third of adults under 30 don't.