None of the Above: Take the Survey

Answer questions from the Pew Research Center / Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly survey on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated, and see how your answers compare to the national results.

  • Judi DiMartino

    My spiritual life is very important to me. I try very hard to stay in touch with my Creator. Of course I stray, but I know He is always there to take me back.

  • Heather

    On the subject of knowing if there is a universal being or not, while I do see deities as symbolic manifestations of our human experience, The perception of this idea varies as much as there are people on the planet. Just as I know I exist I can confidently say that the divine exists. It is a part of my experience. I also believe that others divine entities exist just as real for them in their experiences.
    It makes my heart leaps for joy when I stumbled upon someone else’s divinity or symbol of divinity that rings true with my own experiences of humanity. In that I find a sense of community even if I may never meet the other believers. Through learning about others faiths I feel connected to all humanity.

  • Harriet Warnock-Graham

    This doesn’t allow for less than conventional definitions of prayer which was disappointing

  • Rachel

    Badly designed survey. You didn’t list my religion, Pagan or neo-Pagan, so I couldn’t choose it. And then you insulted me by asking me if I was “looking for” a religion to belong to. No. I have one already.

  • denise

    I was struck by how tightly this survey seemed to focus on a GOD based religion. I am a Buddhist, there is no GOD to pray to or expect redemption from. While in the Buddhist community, there are many who believe in a GOD and actually worship the Buddha as a GOD, most don’t and I am one of those. I am an American who has been a Buudhist for 40 years, but always feel left out of these polls/surveys because they never address my spiritualty, but always ask me about GOD or Jesus Christ. There is also nothing even remotely close to the 10 commandments, so most of the time I am stupified about what people are talking about. I grew up in a home that claimed to be Christian, but it was only a lot of repeating scripture incorrectly. I would say that they were and are still ignorant of what they claim to be their religion.

    I read the Bible, the Torah, the Koran the Mormon Bible, the Bhagavadgita (Hindu) in order to know what others may be subjected to. I say subjected as the rites and beliefs we follow aren’t all what we find inour Holy books. Some of the things Buddhists do are so completely foreign after all these years that one can only say…this is cultural !

    As long as we continue to ask questions of people as if they were of Abrahamic religion ( Jewish, Christian or Muslim)then we will continue to get skewed pollls We need to be more inclusive of all religions/ beliefs, not act as if there is only three. These 3 may appear dominant, but they are not necassarily what moves people. This is a diverse society and our dialogue needs to reflect that.

  • MDFreethinker

    This annual survey has been a real eye-opener for me and I have followed each installment. I do believe that it UNDERESTIMATES the number of skeptics, freethinkers, agnostics and atheists in the US society as individuals remain hesitant to “come out” and admit that they no longer believe in supernatural elements. While I do not like the connotations of terms like “religious” and “spiritual”, as a church-going Unitarian Universalist and humanistic naturalist, I consider myself both – but rather in terms of understanding the need to “come together” as community and to appreciate the truly amazing “wonder of our Cosmos”. I believe that MOST of the “Nones” as well as participants in this PBS survey fit the demographics and would find Unitarian Universalism to their liking.

  • Marty

    First I want to thank PBS for doing the series (Nones). I am head to toe Atheist / Agnostic. Most of the survey blurs the different aspects of religiosity to have much meaning. You need to speak of church and religion separately. There is no question of the good that local churches do for the community and also there is a wonderful social aspect for many people . This would still happen if you could completely take religion out of the church.
    I disagree with Greg Smith’s notion that the rise in Nones will not continue to grow. The momentum will continue to grow. I think this has much to do with not only today’s changes in tolerance of society but maybe to greater extent communication, Specifically the internet. Although I have been an atheist for several years it was not until recently that I researched it on the internet and discovered a wide range of web sites devoted to non-theist.
    Another reason for the rise in Nones is because of what I discovered in my research and I think many others are finding the same. Belief in God or a spirit is not benign. While there is no harm in believing in an afterlife and some of the other aspects of religion, far to many important decision are made based on it rather than science and reason, e.g., stem cell research, climate change. Also there are the crimes against humanity based on religion.
    There are far too many bad things that come out of religion verses good for religiosity to continue. And all this bad, and I know this is hard for some to swallow, is based on belief of things that there is no evidence are real and in my view are lies and deceit.

  • Nathan

    I see religion as a over all threat to man kind and world peace. I find, the more religious a person is, the more they tend to be emoral. I also feel that politicians that use their religious beliefs to govern, are extremely unfair to people religious and unreligious alike.

  • Casey Kelly

    I’m the daughter of a devout Atheist and an equally devout Catholic. Equal and opposite views were exchanged, sometimes to the distress of my Catholic mom, throughout my childhood and my 16 years of Catholic education. My dad was the only openly Atheistic man in our Louisiana town, and he delighted in the range of thought and questioning he allowed himself. He remained an Atheist on LSM 92, the night before his Marines stormed Iwo Jima, and stood watch in the radar tower while the command, soldiers and crew prostrated themselves on the deck in prayer. Yet dad was the most spiritual man I’ve ever met. Connected with the earth and the stars, ebullient about every wind and storm Nature threw at him. In the end, his was the stronger pull for me, because he damned no one, cared for everyone, never elevated himself. Big Religion, which shamed me and damned him, was not so kind and generous. Recently, I was delighted by the gathering of non-believers in Washington–the happiest, gentlest “speak out” imaginable. Er…more like Jesus would have assembled?

  • Reta Richardson

    I have lived in very fundamentalist Christian, conservative Upstate SC where the churches are all supportive of these political alliances. Therefore, I have no place to go to join others who share my spiritual (not religious) convictions. I would attend a liberal Society of Friends meeting or a Unitarian church if either were available.

  • Jeff

    I also am disappointed by the general nature of these questions and the inability to explain the responses I was forced to give for want of an appropriate alternative. I agree that “prayer” just like “g[G]od” are susceptible to as many meanings as there are people responding. Organized religious communities have made themselves less appealing by their involvement in politics and their focus on money and the assertion that they alone know and can convey the ultimate universal truth(s). While my religious belief is protected from government intrusion by the First Amendment my government is not similarly protected but it should be. It is to be expected that an individuals politics will be informed by his spiritual and/or religious belief but it is morally reprehensible to impose those beliefs on others.

  • Joan Thomas

    Timely,relavant survey. Should have included more questions.

  • darryl

    I am thankful to PBS for doing this NONES series. However, I am disappointed in this survey. I picked the religion in which I was RAISED, but then I was not allowed to answer either the religion I might be seeking or the religion in which I currently AM practicing. Why the assumption that theyr are one and the same? I agree with some other comments in that the survey assumes prayer is of a particular type and the survey focuses on “God-based” religions instead of also including Buddhism and/or Nature oriented religions with NO god. I am glad to read some comments which agree with my belief(s) that one can be an Aheist AND be very spiritual. If one cannot understand that, then one might have these common prejudice(s) of our culture.