Finally, this week has some good news in it. Everything on the 24/7 lame stream media schedule was looking fairly depressing until I saw this. Cheer up fellow ‘nones’
The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has released a report today showing a snapshot of the worldwide size and distribution of the world’s major religions as of the year 2010. What’s caught the attention of non-religious folks and secularists is the section of the report that details the demographics of the religiously-unaffiliated – the “Nones” – which include atheists, agnostics, and people who do not identify with any religion.
The report reveals that the global population of the unaffiliated is 1.1 billion people (16%), or about 1 in 6. As the New York Times explains (emphasis mine):
Something that may surprise a lot of people,” said Conrad Hackett, a primary researcher on the report, “is that the third-largest religious group, after Christians and Muslims, is the religiously unaffiliated. There may have been some guesses floating out there before, but this is the first…
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