“I think that people who are leaving church, or people who call themselves spiritual but not religious, are raising really significant questions about faith, about community life and about the future of religion that religious leaders should pay more attention to.” More
“Candidates do often benefit from talking about their personal faith, but once that becomes politicized it can create some real problems for them, so they tend to stick to other sets of issues.”
“Religion is important. Being spiritual is important. What’s not as important is to join and to go every week,” says Kellen McClure when asked about churches and their worship services. He is one of the fast-rising number of Americans who describe their religion as “nothing in particular” or “none of the above” when surveyed by opinion researchers. More
“The religiously unaffiliated population is not wholly secular. It is wrong to think of them as consisting entirely of non-believers, for example. We know that many, if not most of them say they do believe in God,” says Greg Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. More
A mature religious faith,” says Rev. Lillian Daniel, is “practiced in community over time.” It is “reasonable, rigorous, real, grounded in tradition, and centered in worship.” More
We're launching a three-part miniseries, “None of the Above: The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated,” based largely on a new survey about the views of the 46 million Americans who say they are not affiliated with any particular religion.