The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion

Source: National Geographic

By Gabe Bullard

As secularism grows, atheists and agnostics are trying to expand and diversify their ranks.

More people than ever before are identifying as atheist, agnostic, or otherwise nonreligious, with potentially world-changing effects.

You don’t usually think of churches as going out of business, but it happens. In March, driven by parishioner deaths and lack of interest, the U.K. Mennonites held their last collective service.

It might seem easy to predict that plain-dressing Anabaptists—who follow a faith related to the Amish—would become irrelevant in the age of smartphones, but this is part of a larger trend. Around the world, when asked about their feelings on religion, more and more people are responding with a meh.

The religiously unaffiliated, called “nones,” are growing significantly. They’re the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe. In the United States, nones make up almost a quarter of the population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.

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  1. Calling atheism/secularism a “religion” is like calling those who don’t believe in fairies, ghosts, superheroes and just about any made up thing, “religious.” If believing in any god is a religion and not believing in any god(s) is religion then, well, I guess that makes every last person on the planet a believer with a religion. (in other words, it renders the word meaningless).

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