How The ‘Nones’ Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion by Antonia Blumberg.
The “nones,” or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing “faith” group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of the U.S. adult population and 35 percent of millennials and can be seen cropping up across demographic categories.
As the global population continues growing exponentially, the percentage of “nones” is expected to decline, though their actual numbers will increase. This won’t be the case in Europe and North America, however, where the percentage of “nones” will likely continue to rise.
The “nones” now constitute the second largest faith-related demographic in the U.S. and are bound to have a powerful impact on American culture and politics as the years go on, as religion scholar Diane Winston wrote recently in Vice. Religious leaders, writers and scholars are tasked with understanding this rising trend, as “nones” seek out new forms of community.