Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones

Choosing Our Religion The Spiritual Lives of America s Nones To the dismay of religious leaders study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America By than twenty percent of adults identifi

  • Title: Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones
  • Author: Elizabeth Drescher
  • ISBN: 9780199341221
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To the dismay of religious leaders, study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America By 2014, than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated up than seven percent just since 2007 Even startling, than thirty percent of those under the age of thirty now identify as Nones aTo the dismay of religious leaders, study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America By 2014, than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated up than seven percent just since 2007 Even startling, than thirty percent of those under the age of thirty now identify as Nones answering none when queried about their religious affiliation Is America losing its religion Or, as and Americans choose different spiritual paths, are they changing what it means to be religious in the United States today In Choosing Our Religion, Elizabeth Drescher explores the diverse, complex spiritual lives of Nones across generations and across categories of self identification as Spiritual But Not Religious, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, just Spiritual, and Drawing on than one hundred interviews conducted across the United States, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a broad cross section of Nones, diverse with respect to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and prior religious background She allows Nones to speak eloquently for themselves, illuminating the processes by which they became None, the sources of information and inspiration that enrich their spiritual lives, the practices they find spiritually meaningful, how prayer functions in spiritual lives not centered on doctrinal belief, how morals and values are shaped outside of institutional religions, and how Nones approach the spiritual development of their own children These compelling stories are deeply revealing about how religion is changing in America both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family, friends, and neighbors with whom their lives remain intertwined.

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    1. As one of the none, I was very interested in Drescher's research with others, who describe not just why they left the religions they grew up with (bad leadership, discriminatory tenets, cliquishness, insulation from the world, lack of meaning, mismatch of ritual to congregant needs), but the ways in which they replace these functions with non-religious activities (sharing food with the community, building social networks, charity work, mental discipline through physical activity, etc.). Although [...]

    2. What are the implications of a growing population of religiously unaffiliated Americans for social cohesion, ethics and morals, existential meaning making, charitable giving, social justice action, volunteerism, and other phenomena associated with religion as it has been traditionally understood?Dr Elizabeth Drescher has given voice to a group of which I have heard much about in the past year – the Nones – those people who now claim no affiliation with an organized or institutional religion. [...]

    3. My next stop on the tour of religious viewpoints was supposed to be atheism, but I just couldn't get into the book I'd chosen.So, instead, I grabbed this one about the ever-growing category of "nones" - those who claim no religious affiliation when filling out surveys. This doesn't mean that they're atheists (despite what some pundits say). A few are. But "none" could mean anything from being a mainstream religion but not wanting the institutional baggage that comes with a label, to a multi-cult [...]

    4. This book, like a lot of books on religion, caught my eye. It is an in-depth look at people that do not identify themselves as one religion or another—those that choose the answer “none” on a survey question asking about religion. I related to this book more than any other book I have read in a long time. I loved it. I found it interesting and inspiring. It covers all aspects of a person’s life that religion would be a part of and asks nones what they think about them and whether they li [...]

    5. An interesting apologetic for "Nones," or those who identify as not belonging to any formal religious tradition or institution. Nones have cropped up in Pew surveys and elsewhere as one of the fastest growing constituencies in the United States religious landscape. Drescher reached out to agnostics, atheists, spiritual-but-not-religious folks and others, interviewing them, discovering that there is more spirituality present among Nones, and a variety of moral and ethical systems at work, than tr [...]

    6. Being an inquisitive soul in the religious and spiritual domain, this book sparked my attention. I'm a Religious Studies teacher and my experience with students (and the general population) is that more and more people are seeing themselves as "spiritual but not religious" or a none. This book was an easy read, using familiar language and real life examples. I will utilize this knowledge and highlight chapters in my teaching and general life. I would recommend it as a must for all other inquisit [...]

    7. Game-changing. Beautifully written and tremendously insightful. Drescher truly listened to Nones with kindness, open-mindedness, and respect. Highly recommended.

    8. This book gives me a perspective on how other people take religion or the absence of its practice on their lives.

    9. I received a complementary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.Look at the book cover. When asked “what is your religion?”, and none of the choices presented seem to fit your own spiritual journey, are you tempted to check “none of the above?” If so then Elizabeth Drescher’s new book “Choosing Our Religion” may be for you.Drescher describes those uncomfortable with identifying with any organized religion as “Nones”. T [...]

    10. Choosing Our Religion by Elizabeth Drescher might better be titled Not Choosing a Religion since it is about Nones, those who answer none when queried about religious affiliation.The key to this wonderful book is that the Nones are finally allowed to speak for themselves. We (I am a None) don't form any kind of a group beyond our answer to that one question. We range from atheists to spiritual but not religious and even Christian without an affiliation. So there is no simple answer or reason tha [...]

    11. Looking closer into the faith perspective of twenty-first century westerners, this book is helpful, opening up more dialogue than coming to conclusions. What it all means is still, and hopefully always be, an open question.

    12. Too dry and academic for me to finish. A few interesting insights. Best parts of the book are the interview excerpts.

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