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|Title: The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going|
By: Ryan P. Burge
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW465856
In The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, Ryan P. Burge details a comprehensive picture of an increasingly significant group--Americans who say they have no religious affiliation.
The growth of the nones in American society has been dramatic. In 1972, just 5 percent of Americans claimed "no religion" on the General Social Survey. In 2018, that number rose to 23.7 percent, making the nones as numerous as both evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics. Every indication is that the nones will be the largest religious group in the United States in the next decade.
Burge illustrates his precise but accessible descriptions with charts and graphs drawn from over a dozen carefully curated datasets, some tracking changes in American religion over a long period of time, others large enough to allow a statistical deep dive on subgroups such as atheists and agnostics. Burge also draws on data that tracks how individuals move in and out of religion over time, helping readers understand what type of people become nones and what factors lead an individual to return to religion.
The Nones gives readers a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful picture of the growing number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. Burge explains how this rise happened, who the nones are, and what they mean for the future of American religion.
Ryan P. Burge is an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University. Author of numerous journal articles, he is the cofounder and a frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a general audience. Burge is a pastor in the American Baptist Church.
"Every section in this book brings me pain as a confessing Christian, but I want to know what is being experienced among those who find my faith inadequate or unhelpful. Be prepared to be distressed and disturbed, but take heart: the pain will lead you to what the gospel has the power to create anew." --Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The Nones by Ryan P. Burge will be a recommended resource of the Send Institute as we help denominations and networks strategize starting new churches for the future." --Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center
"Ryan P. Burge deploys his expertise as a sociologist and his experience as a pastor to provide an invaluable, insightful, and detailed portrait of the Nones, . . . a reality that anyone involved in ministry or interested in society ought to understand. The Nones is an excellent guide." --David Gibson, Director, Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
"With so much data coming at us, there is a need for reliable sources of data based upon rigorous, trustworthy research. . . . The Nones by Ryan P. Burge is chock-full of nuggets for both the avid researcher and the responsible citizen." --C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary, American Baptist Church, USA
"Ryan P. Burge brings both a sharp eye for data and a small-church pastor's insight into the changes affecting the American religious landscape. If you want to understand the rise of the Nones--those who claim no religion--and how faith groups might respond, The Nones is the book for you." --Bob Smietana, Religion News Service Journalist
"Using straightforward analysis and rich graphics, Ryan P. Burge masterfully uncovers the origin, character, and future of this diverse but influential group. . . . The Nones belongs on every pastor's bookshelf." --Scott Thumma, professor and DMin director at Hartford Seminary and director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research
"Clearly written with even clearer illustrations, The Nones by Ryan P. Burge explains who the nones are, why their numbers are growing, and what this means for the church. You need not be a "numbers person" to read this book. You need only to care why the religious landscape has changed so much over the past forty years." --Arthur E. Farnsley II, author of Flea Market Jesus and The Bible in American Life