The rise of the nones

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I’m going to lay some statistics from recent pew polls on you guys in a second, but first I think I’d better define what a “none” is. A “none” is a person with no religious affiliation. That doesn’t mean that they don’t believe in God or a higher power, it simply means that they don’t believe in a specific religious doctrine. This is important because I think most atheists–myself included–would say that spirituality in general isn’t dangerous, but specific religious doctrines are.

The bottom line is that nones in America are on the rise. Take a look at the data from a Pew research in 2012:

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It’s interesting to note that everything in the none category rose over this five year period. Atheism and agnosticism rose, and so did people who believe in a God/higher power but not a specific religious doctrine. This last group, as you can see, comprises…

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