Over the last several years the term religious “Nones” has become a major topic of discussion and analysis by those who pay attention to religious trends. Although the term dates back at least to the 1960s, based on its current usage and popularization, it would appear as though it is a completely new designation for a growing segment of the American population—those who are unaffiliated with any religious group.
So begins a thoughtful post by Richard Flory at Religion Dispatches. It leads me to wonder whether the rise in religious “Nones” parallels–and is connected to–the rise in political “independents.” That is, is formal, institutional religion being more and more perceived as partisan (literally as well as figuratively)–and partisan as less and less desirable for more and more people?
See what you think from Flory’s discussion: What’s in a Name? Religious Nones and the American Religious Landscape | Religion Dispatches.