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Study says one in four Americans identify as religious 'nones'

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This episode originally aired on Feb. 5, 2024.

To quote an R.E.M., one could say Americans are losing their religion.

Over the course of a week last summer, the Pew Research Center conducted a study of Americans' religious affiliations.

The report reveals more than one in four Americans identifies as “non-religious,” “atheist,” or “agnostic.”

They now identify as religious “nones,” meaning they were raised in Christian households, but now have no religious affiliation.

This also comes at a time when church congregations have dwindled and parishes are closing.

The church was once a strong part of communities across the U.S. and a powerful voting block.

Over the next hour we’ll look at the rise of Americans identifying as religious "nones" and whether it’s habit forming.


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