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BETHESDA, Md. (RNS) The number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation has hit an all-time high -- about one in five American adults --  according to a new study, with the number of self-described atheists and agnostics hitting a peak of 6 percent of the U.S. population. By Kimberly Winston.

3 Comments

  1. John McGrath

    Many “nones” could be like me – believing in God, praying every day, but finding it hard to believe that God would have anything to do with all these religions and their nasty crusades. I have become an atheist fellow -traveler. I would rather see the world atheistic than religious. Religion is just a tribal system focused on conquest. And most religions push an agenda contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  2. Maybe a lot of youth raised in Protestant Evangelical churches are tired of all the lies that are told to them in a attempt for them to believe. Or their church leaders who care more about the culture wars and supporting wars everywhere in the name of the Prince of Peace. IT SEEMS THE YOUTH ARE DISCOVERING THEY ARE BEING LIE TO IN THE NAME OF JESUS. I thought the Bible said the devil was the father of all lies.