Why the “Nones” are Much More Numerous Than You Think

According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who identify as unaffiliated with any religious group rose from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014. Within that group, the percentages of self-identified atheists and agnostics doubled. These are the “Nones,” and as an organizer with Recovering from Religion — a support group — I’ve had the chance to meet many of them, often either shortly after, or even during, their deconversions.

Based on my conversations with these individuals, I believe the large jump in the…



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Dustin Arand

Lawyer turned stay-at-home dad. I write about philosophy, culture, and law. Author of the book “Truth Evolves”. Top writer in History, Culture, and Politics.