January 26, 2013
Much Ado About Nones
Matthew Myer Boulton, Huffington Post
If you're a reader of the New York Times, or a listener to National Public Radio, or a follower of the Religion News Service, you'd have good reason over the past week or so to come to the conclusion that the United States -- and indeed the world -- is becoming less and less religious.
The Times recently ran an article on atheism in which, almost in passing, the author cites a Pew Forum study to support the claim that "roughly 20 percent" of Americans are "secularly inclined" as opposed to religious. National Public Radio ran a series this week entitled "Losing Our Religion." Religion News Service ran a story that the Christian Century published under the headline, "Unbelief is world's third-largest 'religion.'"