The Rise of the Religious “None’s”


“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
– Henri Bergson, French Philosopher and Educator

According to the Pew Research Center, the fastest growing religion in America today is “None”; that is, no religion.  The religiously unaffiliated, or “None’s” now make up 19% of the U.S. adult population.  The religious None’s include those who don’t identify with any religion, as well as those who identify as atheists, and those who identify as agnostics.  Self-identified atheists make up only 3% of the U.S. population.  However the actual percentage of those with atheist beliefs is 9%.  This number includes those who identify with a religion, yet say they do not believe in God or a universal spirit.

Are people leaving faith because they don’t see any evidence for it?  Or are people failing to see the evidence because they lack faith?

The heart filters what we see with the mind.  Seeing is not believing.  Rather, believing is seeing.