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None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479817399
eISBN:
9781479864225
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479817399.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book examines the nearly one-quarter of American and Canadian adults who say they have no religion. Who are they? Why, and where, has this population grown? How do religious nones in the United ... More


Introduction: Fashion History Is Religious History

Lynn S. Neal

in Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781479892709
eISBN:
9781479810918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479892709.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This introduction describes the book’s fashion-focused approach to religion and its central argument. It sets up the concept of fashionable religion, which highlights how fashion constructs a ... More


Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults

Melinda Lundquist Denton, Richard Flory, and Christian Smith

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190064785
eISBN:
9780190064815
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190064785.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

What do the religious and spiritual lives of American young people look like as they reach their mid to late 20s, enter the full-time job market, and start families? In Back Pocket God, the authors ... More


The Future of Judeo-Christian Discourse: Beyond Multireligious America?

K. Healan Gaston

in Imagining Judeo-Christian America: Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226663715
eISBN:
9780226663999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226663999.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Changes in religious demography have reshaped American political discourse in the early twenty-first century, as the public statements of Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump attest. The rise of the ... More


Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans

Russell M. Jeung, Seanan S. Fong, and Helen Jin Kim

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190875923
eISBN:
9780190875954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190875923.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Family Sacrifices provides a comprehensive, sociological portrait of Chinese Americans’ most cherished values, practices, and ethics, ultimately illuminating why this ethnic group is the most ... More


The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults

Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190931353
eISBN:
9780190931384
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190931353.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Few realize how much Americans’ journey through their twenties has changed during the past half-century or understand how incorrect popular assumptions about young adults’ religious, spiritual, and ... More


Introduction: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

in None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479817399
eISBN:
9781479864225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479817399.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introduction charts out the rising rates of religious nones in the United States and Canada, including in several subregions within each nation. Attention is given to the reasons religious nones ... More


I’m Done … and I’m Not Going Back!

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

in None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479817399
eISBN:
9781479864225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479817399.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter investigates the biographic pathways that lead people to say they have no religion. It shows that religious nones have historically grown among those raised within a religious tradition ... More


We Are Just as Moral … If Not More!

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

in None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479817399
eISBN:
9781479864225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479817399.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This material examines the different ways that the affiliated and unaffiliated talk about, define, and measure morality. Analysis and discussion centers on the ways that the actively religious, ... More


I Want Everybody to Have the Same Chance to Find Happiness

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

in None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479817399
eISBN:
9781479864225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479817399.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter deals with political and civic engagement, once more comparing the actively religious, marginally religious, and unaffiliated. In terms of political engagement, the focus is on the many ... More


Introduction: Judaism, America, Mobility

Shari Rabin

in Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479830473
eISBN:
9781479869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479830473.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The introduction presents the case of a single mobile Jew with eclectic religious practices, Edward Rosewater, arguing that he is a compelling if unexpected starting point from which to redescribe ... More


The “Nones”: Families of Nonreligious Youth

Vern L. Bengtson, Norella M. Putney, and Susan C. Harris

in Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199948659
eISBN:
9780199369867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948659.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The fastest-growing religious category in America is comprised of the not religious: atheists, agnostics, those who are religiously unaffiliated or uninterested, and those who call themselves ... More


Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Linda A. Mercadante

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199931002
eISBN:
9780199367467
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

“Nones”—those without religious affiliation—now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. Many of these “nones” self-identify as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). This book ... More


Lapsed Catholics and Other Religious Non-Affiliates

Carol Ann MacGregor and Ashlyn Haycook

in Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197529317
eISBN:
9780197529355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197529317.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Lapsed Catholics are sometimes referred to as one of the largest religious groups in America, and yet we know little about what beliefs and behaviors may be associated with this social category. ... More


Affiliates and Non-Affiliates in Later Life

Vern Bengtson, Gabrielle Gonzales, Camille Endacott, and Samantha L. C. Kang

in Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197529317
eISBN:
9780197529355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197529317.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The purpose of this study was to examine the types, meanings, and benefits of spiritual practices among older adults and to discuss their implications for well-being. In-depth interviews were ... More


Introduction: Religious Crisis or Spiritual Revolution?

Linda A. Mercadante

in Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199931002
eISBN:
9780199367467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The dramatic rise in the number of religiously unaffiliated, who nevertheless claim to be “spiritual but not religious,” suggests the need to rethink the categories of spirituality and religion. ... More


Waking from the Dream: The Dream of the 1950s and Early 1960s

Linda A. Mercadante

in Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199931002
eISBN:
9780199367467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Whether aberration or heritage, the surge in organized religion during the 1950s and early 1960s still functions as the “gold standard” for many today, especially Protestants and Catholics. Athough ... More


The Interviewees

Linda A. Mercadante

in Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199931002
eISBN:
9780199367467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The interviewees are categorized according to age cohorts and types. Although there were few “nones” who volunteered to be interviewed from “The Greatest Generation” (1901?1924), there were many ... More


Conclusions and Implications: A Mobile Home in the Spiritual Universe

Linda A. Mercadante

in Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199931002
eISBN:
9780199367467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

There is no simple explanation for why the people in this book have felt compelled to minimize the importance of organized religion. Among the many reasons, however, prior research has given ... More


Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones

Elizabeth Drescher

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199341221
eISBN:
9780190263331
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341221.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The growth of the so-called Nones—people unaffiliated with religious institutions—has captivated religious and political leaders concerned with the implications of a “decline of religion” in the ... More


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