Many Americans are religiously unaffiliated because they question a lot of religious teachings

Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion

Source: Pew Research Center

By Becka A. Alper, who is a research associate focusing on religion at Pew Research Center.

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Six-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Americans – adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation. The second-most-common reason is opposition to the positions taken by churches on social and political issues, cited by 49% of respondents (the survey asked about each of the six options separately). Smaller, but still substantial, shares say they dislike religious organizations (41%), don’t believe in God (37%), consider religion irrelevant to them (36%) or dislike religious leaders (34%).

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