An article in the September 22 issue of USA Today reported on a very interesting group of people - those who claim to have "no religion."
According the the American Religious Identification Survey conducted by Trinity College in Hartford, CT, this group is made up of 15% of the general population, and 22% of all adults between the ages of 18-29. They are the only major US faith group that is majority male - 19% of American men identify themselves in this category, while only 12% of women consider themselves "Nones."
What was most interesting to me was the fact that the majority actually believe in God
- 27% of Nones believe there is "definitely a personal God"
- 24% say there is "a higher power but no personal God;"
- 35% consider themselves either hard or soft agnostics (there is no way to know, or I'm not sure)
- only 7% consider themselves atheists.
(For those of you who are accountants, the remaining 7% didn't answer the question.)
If you, or if you know of others who fit into this category, I would love to know the primary reasons for why you have decided to disengage from organized religion. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.