Secular and Liminal: Discovering Heterogeneity among Religious Nones

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Secular and Liminal: Discovering Heterogeneity among Religious Nones

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This study examines the stability of religious preference among people who claim no religious preference in national surveys (i.e., religious nones). Using data from the Faith Matters Study, General Social Survey, and American National Election Study, the study shows that about 30 percent of religious nones in the first wave of the survey claim an affiliation with a religious group a year later. The percentage of religious nones remained stable in the two waves because a similar number of respondents moved in the opposite direction. Using various measures of religiosity, the study shows that most of these unstable nones report no significant change in religious belief or practice. The authors call them liminal nones as they stand halfway in and halfway out of a religious identity. They conclude by discussing the implications of their findings on the controversies surrounding the rise of religious nones in recent years.

Published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49 (4): 596-618.

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Religion

Creator

Robert David Putnam
Chaeyoon Lim
Carol Ann MacGregor

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Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH)

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This article is made available under the terms and conditions applicable to Other Posted Material, as set forth at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:dash.current.terms-of-use#LAA

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United States

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Robert David Putnam, Chaeyoon Lim, and Carol Ann MacGregor, “Secular and Liminal: Discovering Heterogeneity among Religious Nones,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed January 30, 2023, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/151.