With so much being said about “nones”, the rapidly growing group who do not affiliate with any branch of the faith, there is not much information about them. Attached is an informative article.
While numbers from large branches of the faith, Catholics, Southern Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians are declining in membership, those identified as “nones” continues to grow. They are worshipping somewhere else or not at all.
Atheist and agnostic numbers have been growing, but not as much as the group called “spiritual but not religious”. This latter group still ponders the mysteries, but they do not ponder them in church.
They read books, more religious books are sold each year. They take classes, seminars, yoga classes and study on line.
As an example of what is going on, Barnes and Noble no longer separates the “Religous” shelf from the “Self Help” shelf. They have become one and the same.
While liberal denominations are being hit hard by this exodus to “spirituality”, the “spirituality” is an extension of liberal religious ideas, not conservative ones.
We know the neighborhood church is being replaced by the mega church with its flashy presentations and gourmet coffee. But, that sense of community is being replaced, in turn, by the Internet where people discuss ideas and ideals. It is still popular to regard one’s self as “Christian”.
There have always been many “truths” in Christianity. Now, the liberal wing is expanding the number faster than ever.