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Farmer Geddon

Are you a None?

I notice there is a new meme wandering around the internet introducing itself to people like me.

I, of course, speak as one of the "Nones"...

Have you noticed that many Christians refer to non-believers as none believers?

Let's take that on board and proclaim yourself as one of the "Nones".




Shaker

Religious 'nones' increase in America:

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Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check "None" for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19%), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press.

The rapid rise of Nones — including atheists, agnostics and those who say they believe "nothing in particular" — defies the usually glacial rate of change in spiritual identity.

Barry Kosmin, co-author of three American Religious Identification Surveys, theorizes why None has become the "default category." He says, "Young people are resistant to the authority of institutional religion, older people are turned off by the politicization of religion, and people are simply less into theology than ever before."

Kosmin's surveys were the first to brand the Nones in 1990 when they were 6% of U.S. adults. By 2008 survey, Nones were up to 15%. By 2010, another survey, the bi-annual General Social Survey, bumped the number to 18%.

Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church, the nation's largest religious denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, Methodists and Lutherans, all show membership flat or inching downward, according to the 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches.

... the chief way the category grows is by "switchers." A 2009 Pew Forum look at "switching" found more than 10% of American adults became Nones after growing up within a religious group.

Chaves says there's another dimension to the unbelief trend worth watching.

"Americans famously say they believe in some variation of God. Over 90% do," Chaves says. "But it used to be 99% decades ago. The change is slow, but we can see it coming."


Jim

Re: Are you a None?

This thread gave me pause, FG - and a mental image with which I can now happily contemplate the rain now falling outside.
My screenreader pronounces 'none' and 'nun' identically.
You can now see why I had to pause.
The idea of you cross-dressing in a wimple is...interesting!
Ketty

trentvoyager

I'm sorry it is far too early in the morning for that image Jim.  






Can you go and sit at the back of the class quietly and make something out of rafia.  
jaqueline

The only image that comes to my mind at this time of morning is the film 'Nuns on the Run' starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltraine or is that Nones on the Run?
Jim

Nones on the run?
Jaqueline, do you mean atheists who have overdosed on ex-lax?
Honey 56

Re: Are you a None?

Farmer Geddon wrote:
I notice there is a new meme wandering around the internet introducing itself to people like me.

I, of course, speak as one of the "Nones"...

Have you noticed that many Christians refer to non-believers as none believers?

Let's take that on board and proclaim yourself as one of the "Nones".




Well I have it on vey good authority that "we do not say 'none' christian'" it is very bad form indeed. In fact it gets up some people's noses. I have it on very good authority that the correct term is non-christian. I personally have had my wrists severely slapped for the use of this term, and precisley because it gets so far up some people's noses, it encourages me to use the term 'none christian' all the more.  

You are in very good company being a 'none' by the way, apparently they are superior in every way, intellectually, morally, ecologically, altruistically, and what is more, when they fart it probably smells of roses.  
Powwow

Shaker loves it when I use the term Godless instead of atheist.lol
Shaker

pow wow wrote:
Shaker loves it when I use the term Godless instead of atheist.lol

No, Shaker only complains, quite rightly, when you use the idiotic redundancy "godless atheist" since you're abusing the English language by saying the same thing twice. One or the other of the terms in that phrase is otiose. Either one or the other will do, but both together is a solecism.
Powwow

See, what did I tell ya. Shaker loves it!lol
Honey 56

pow wow wrote:
See, what did I tell ya. Shaker loves it!lol


Ah-solecism?

OOPs  
Lexilogio

 

The idea of shaker and FG as the Nuns on the Run.....
Shaker

If only I had better Photoshop skills ...
Powwow

Sisters Thelma and Louise
Jim

You do realise it's nearly my bed time, pow wow, don't you?
Do you want me to have nightmares?
Powwow

No Jim, sorry, I only wish pleasant dreams for you.

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