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’

Terra Cognition

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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  1. I wonder, though, might a few people have construed “unaffiliated” with sects that are not mentioned… like crazy Westboro Baptists or Branch Davidians…. If so, it might be us and the super-crazies lumped together

  2. … because I’ve heard recently people saying, “Christianity is a philosophy; my religion is _________”. I heard Bill O’Reilly say this on his show…. another attempt at obfuscation, I guess.

    • If you believe anything that Bill O’Reilly says you get what you deserve. WBP is a Christian fundamentalist sect by anybody’s standards. It’s also a hate group, but that doesn’t count for this survey/data. Unaffiliated means no religious affiliation.

      This really does mean that ‘nones’ are on the rise and may soon overtake the two leaders. As for me, tomorrow would not be soon enough for such a situation.

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