In my latest book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, I charted the meteoric rise of this religious classification in the United States.
And it has been meteoric.
If you're new to the conversation, here's a précis:
A "none" is someone who says that they are religiously unaffiliated. When asked about their religion, they did not answer "Baptist" or "Catholic" or any other defined faith. They picked a different category: "none."
The number of "nones" in the 1930's and 1940's hovered around 5 percent. By 1990, that number had only risen to 8 percent, a mere 3% rise in over half-a-century. Between 1990 and 2008 – just 18 years – the number of "nones" leaped from 8.1 percent to 15 percent. Then, in just four short years, it climbed to 20 percent, representing one of every five Americans.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
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As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25% of children don't have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don't have health insurance, the analysis says. Even worse: Five children die daily by firearms, and one dies every seven hours from abuse or neglect. (Holland, Los Angeles Times)
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A new study by researchers at Gordon College and Wheaton College has confirmed what many have long suspected — that many evangelical institutions lag far behind the general marketplace in leadership roles for women. (Banks, Religion News Service)
Stories about athletes and domestic violence, the widespread consumption of pornography, and what it means to be a husband and father are filling our news cycles and shaping our culture's ideas of manhood. So what does it mean to act like a man?
Throughout the month of October, Senior Pastor Jim White will explore the Biblical call to manhood and what it really takes to "man up."Click here to see this product and more.