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Deconstructed. Deconverted. Not Defriended.

By Jonathan Woodward — June 9, 2021

Katelyn and Roxy reflect on friends who have left the faith. Audrey Assad joins the episode to share her own spiritual journey away from Christianity.

The hollowing out of American religion

By Mark Silk — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Its consequences for American politics are hard to exaggerate.

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

The ‘nones’ are growing — and growing more diverse

By Jana Riess — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Church attendance is the first thing that goes, then belonging, and finally belief—in that order,’ says Ryan Burge, author of a new book on who is leaving religion and why. ‘Belief goes last.’

Study: Most Black ‘nones’ believe in God or higher power, fewer pray regularly

By Adelle M. Banks — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — Nones comprise about one-fifth — 21% — of Black adults in the U.S. Eighteen percent say their religion is ‘nothing in particular.’

As a pastor I pray my flock comes back. As a religion demographer I’m more realistic.

By Ryan Burge — March 9, 2021

(RNS) — Secularization is like globalization. Before we were aware of either, they had become impossible to stop.

Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are

By Yonat Shimron — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new survey by Pew Research shows that 64% of Black Protestants ‘definitely or probably’ plan to get vaccinated, compared to 54% of white evangelicals.

Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds

By Bob Smietana — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.

Faith in numbers: Behind the gender difference of nonreligious Americans

By Ryan Burge — February 17, 2021

(The Conversation) — Men are in general more likely than women to describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or nothing in particular.

Secular groups praise Biden’s agenda but express concerns about religious rhetoric

By Jack Jenkins — February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I worry that this administration’s idea of interfaith outreach may tend to exclude nonbelievers,’ said Sarah Levin, program director for Secular Democrats of America.

When it comes to building trust, belonging beats belief, study finds

By Bob Smietana — January 28, 2021

(RNS) — A new study found that those who belong to a religious group or go to services have higher levels of trust than those who have stronger individual belief.

Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2021

People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?

In a less religious country, Biden gained ground with religious voters

By Mark Silk — November 11, 2020

(RNS) — Faith outreach on the Democratic side cranked up a notch, closing the God gap just enough.

‘Humanists for Biden-Harris’ to mobilize nonreligious vote

By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — The group hopes to reach atheists, agnostics and other religiously unaffiliated voters who make up the largest belief group in the Democratic Party.

More young adults are leaving religion, but that’s not the whole story, say researchers

By Jana Riess — May 19, 2020

(RNS) — More young adults are leaving organized religion, but there are also some pockets of good news, even for mainline Protestant churches.

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