The 'Nones' Phenomenon
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The ‘Nones’ Phenomenon: Diverse and Transformative Trend in US Religion

Washington DC, United States: The nones is one of the most talked about phenomena in US religion. According to reports by AP, the group is diverse and hard to summarize; however, it is reshaping the religious landscape of America.

The nones are the ones who prefer to check “none” when someone asks, “What’s your religion?” As per the survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research, the nones covers a large portion of the population of the United States of America, i.e., 30 percentile (30%).

Another similar survey outlined that the count of the nones has been constantly increasing for as long as there decades, reported AP.

In this regard, Ryan Burge, a professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University, who is also the author of “The Nones, a book on the phenomenon,” stated that today in US religion, “the most important story without a shadow of a doubt is the unbelievable rise in the share of Americans who are nonreligious.”

Who are Nones?

As the word suggests, they are “nothing in particular” – they are atheists and agnostics. It is believed that many of them are either spiritual or religious, and some are neither or both.

According to the reports by AP, the nones have divided themselves into myriad subgroups with a common ideology, “They don’t like organized religion.” Nones don’t believe in leaders, politics and social stances.

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They are believed to be people with unique beliefs and non-belief towards relationships. Nones are also known for having different and unique meanings of life.

As per the stats shared by the Associates Press, around one (1) out of six (6) US adults follows “None.” Accordingly, around 7% of them are atheists and agnostics.

The spiritual beliefs that follow them are related to God, prayer and heaven, karma, reincarnation, astrology and energy in crystals.

AP reported that people of around every age group represent themselves as nones, but the religious trend is quite common among young adults. Accordingly, around four (4) in ten (10) under the age of 30 have adopted nones. The number collides with the count of Christians in a similar age group.

This trend was evidently seen during interviews on the University of Missouri campus, amid which several students chose to identify with no religion.

What do Nones have to say about their religious belief?

Many Nones have shown happiness and gratitude after leaving their religion. They mentioned that they are glad to leave behind toxic situations that occurred in their religion and community.

AP shared the experience of Marjorie Logman, a 75-year-old from Illinois, who said, “The farther away I get, the freer I feel.”

Mike Dulak, a resident of Southern California, mentioned, “It feels spiritually good. It’s not a religion.”

Another resident, Mia Vogel, mentioned that she likes the basic foundation of a lot of religions, which states just love and accept everybody. However, she stated that she likes to be more spiritual.

She said, “I’m pretty into astrology. I’ve got my crystals charging up in my window right now. Honestly, I’ll bet half of it is a total placebo. But I just like the idea that things in life can be explained by greater forces,” as per AP.

A 32-year-old resident named John stated that he grew up Methodist but later stopped following any religion. He said that he doesn’t believe in a big, bearded dude in the sky, but eventually, after he survived overdoes, he knows that “something has been watching me.”

This ideology is questioned by many, especially those who strictly follow their religions. Some scholars have also shared their viewpoint on increasing nones in the USA. According to the reports by AP, the people lose the source of communal support if they decide to go away from the congregation and other social groups.

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