By Daniel Schiff
Volunteer Network Coordinator
Secular Student Alliance, Northeast Network
A new study from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released October 9, 2012 offers an intriguing look into generational religious change in the United States.
Central to the study is the growth of the percentage of Americans who self-identify as “unaffiliated” with a particular religion from 15.3% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2012. Meanwhile, the portion of self-defined atheists and agnostics has risen from 3.7% to 5.7% in the same time period.
For secular/atheist organizations like the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, American Atheists, and the Secular Coalition for America, this new research is an example of the turning tides of American religiosity.
Importantly, the shift in religious affiliation is primarily due to (more…)
By Ben Davis
First Mate (VP) of RU Pastafarians
Rutgers University Engineering Student
My religious background was the best I could’ve asked for. I am a proud Unitarian Universalist, and if you’ve ever heard of that, you are a rarity indeed.
Mine is a religion based not around deities, but around individual search for spiritual growth.
The Seven Principles we share revolve around the inherent worth and dignity of all people and more ideas of the like. Yet while we discuss viewpoints that we all have in common, my congregation’s Bond of Union talks of “reserving to each individual the right to his or her own beliefs as to the nature of God and the universe.”
The quest for those beliefs can be a confusing one. I never have and never will even consider renouncing Unitarian Universalism, but I’ve had dealings with other religious groups.
In high school, my first girlfriend – Christian to the core – invited me to join her youth group’s activities. She assured me that (more…)