Unaffiliated/Atheism

Freethought Democrats object to Pastor Jack Hibbs as guest chaplain, say he’s Christian nationalist

By Jack Jenkins — February 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'I think there is a real problem with our new speaker and his ability to accept religious pluralism, diversity, and inclusion in a way that can work for our country and our diverse Congress,' said Rep. Jared Huffman.
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For Black ‘nones’ who leave religion, what’s next?

By Kathryn Post — February 12, 2024
(RNS) — When Black Americans leave religion, they rarely leave it altogether. But even as they retain elements of Christian culture, what other communities are they embracing beyond the church?

Chelsea Wolfe says witchcraft and sobriety informed her latest album

By Krysta Fauria — February 7, 2024
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Witchcraft’s influence has meant an increased attentiveness to letting each record “be what it wants to be,” the singer, songwriter and musician says.

Who are the ‘nones’? New Pew study debunks myths about America’s nonreligious.

By Kathryn Post — January 24, 2024
(RNS) — 'Today, the ‘nones’ kind of look like everybody else,' said sociologist Ryan Cragun. 'At some level, we're saying, hey, actually, this is just your neighbor.'

Church without God: How secular congregations fill a need for some nonreligious Americans

By Jacqui Frost — January 19, 2024
(The Conversation) — A sociologist of religion explains how atheist churches are helping people find meaning and community – serving many of the same purposes as religious churches.

First meeting of After School Satan Club at Tennessee elementary school draws protesters

By Associated Press — January 12, 2024
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The launch of the club Wednesday drew dozens to protest outside the school, WMC-TV reported.

RNS reporters look ahead to the big religion stories they expect in 2024

By RNS staff — December 30, 2023
(RNS) — From papal reforms to psychedelics to presidential elections, here are the big religion stories RNS reporters anticipate this coming year.

Church for ‘nones’: Meet the anti-dogma spiritual collectives emerging across the US

By Kathryn Post — December 20, 2023
ATLANTA (RNS) — These spiritual communities discard doctrine, prefer questions over answers and have no intention of converting anybody to anything.

Americans are becoming less spiritual as well as less religious

By Mark Silk — December 11, 2023
(RNS) — But you'd never know it from the latest Pew survey.

Yule – a celebration of the return of light and warmth

By Helen A. Berger — December 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and many other Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice, is a time for reflection.

Young people define ‘sacred moments’ broadly: From God to nature to relationships

By Adelle M. Banks — November 7, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Inviting young people beyond the traditional and typical provides room for them to experience something beyond the ordinary,’ a Springtide Research Institute report states.

250 years later, ‘Amazing Grace’ has filled churches, concerts, even commercials

By Adelle M. Banks — October 31, 2023
(RNS) — Says author James Walvin: ‘its words speak to a human condition of suffering, and people coming out of suffering, and its music has a kind of haunting refrain that soothes.’

How ‘nones’ − the religiously unaffiliated − are finding meaning, purpose and spirituality in psychedelic churches

By Morgan Shipley — October 31, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar who studies alternative expressions of spirituality visited secular, atheist and psychedelic churches and interacted with attendees. Here is what he found.
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