Numbers of practicing Christians are on the decline in the United States. A practicing Christian, by definition, means active to a particular religion or belief system. This is believed to be a problem as the nation becomes less religious. Our country was founded on a religious mind set and seeing this change is disturbing to some.
Self- proclaiming “nones” account for a portion of this slump. People who answer none when asked what religion they affiliate, or identify, as a “none”. People who are agnostic atheist fall into this category as well. According to Pew Research Center, “Altogether, the religiously unaffiliated (also called “nones”) now account for 23% of the adult population, up from 16% in 2007.”U.S. Faith, Fewer Americans Calling Themselves Christians, Survey Finds written by Maya Rhodan agrees with Pews Research along with using their research in her article.
Unaffiliated Parent and the Religious Training of Their Children, by Christel J. Manning, Sacred Heart University, articulates, “Several scholars have interrupted the increase in Nones as a sign of alienation from dominant religious institutions rather than a rejection of religion per se (Finkle and Stark 2005: Gallup, Inc. 1987, 1988; Hout and Fisher 2002; Stark, Hamburg, and Miller 2005).
” This is the post hoc, ergo propter hoc logical fallacy, just because “nones” do not choose to define their religion does not mean they are not religious, found on page Another source, The “Nones”, Families of Nonreligious Youth, Vern L. Bengston, Norella M. Putneyand Susan Harris, Oxford Scholarship Online, speak clearly, when they say “Some of these nones may actually be atheists who conceal their beliefs in fear of reprisal from the religious people in their environment. Others may be agnostics who are ignorant of the term or the philosophical arguments associated with it.
Others may simply be uninterested in religion having no opinions about it….