Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's by Elizabeth Drescher

By Elizabeth Drescher

To the dismay of non secular leaders, research after examine has proven a gradual decline in association and id with conventional religions in the US. via 2014, greater than twenty percentage of adults pointed out as unaffiliated--up greater than seven percentage simply given that 2007. much more startling, greater than thirty percentage of these lower than the age of thirty now determine as "Nones"--answering "none" while queried approximately their spiritual association. Is the United States wasting its faith? Or, as a growing number of americans opt for diverse non secular paths, are they altering what it potential to be non secular within the usa today?

In Choosing Our faith, Elizabeth Drescher explores the various, complicated non secular lives of Nones throughout generations and throughout different types of self-identification comparable to "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and extra. Drawing on a couple of hundred interviews carried out around the usa, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a vast cross-section of Nones, varied with recognize to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and past spiritual history. She permits Nones to talk eloquently for themselves, illuminating the approaches during which they turned None, the assets of knowledge and proposal that increase their religious lives, the practices they locate spiritually significant, how prayer features in religious lives no longer based on doctrinal trust, how morals and values are formed outdoor of institutional religions, and the way Nones process the religious improvement in their personal children.

These compelling tales are deeply revealing approximately how faith is altering in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family members, neighbors, and associates with whom their lives stay intertwined.

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