A None s Story Book
Score: 3
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A None s Story


  • Author : Corinna Nicolaou
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231541251

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A None s Story Excerpt :

The rising population known as "nones" for its members' lack of religious affiliation is changing American society, politics, and culture. Many nones believe in God and even visit places of worship, but they do not identify with a specific faith or belong to a spiritual community. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and in this layered narrative, she describes what it is like for her and thousands of others to live without religion or to be spiritual without committing to a specific faith. Nicolaou tours America's major traditional religions to see what, if anything, one might lack without God. She moves through Christianity's denominations, learning their tenets and worshiping alongside their followers. She travels to Los Angeles to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to educate herself about Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. She explores what light they can shed on the fears and failings of her past, and these encounters prove the significant role religion still plays in modern life. They also exemplify the vibrant relationship between religion and American culture and the enduring value it provides to immigrants and outsiders. Though she remains a devout none, Nicolaou's experiences reveal points of contact between the religious and the unaffiliated, suggesting that nones may be radically revising the practice of faith in contemporary times.

The Nones Book

The Nones


  • Author : Ryan P. Burge
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506465869

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The Nones Excerpt :

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.

Blessed Are the Nones Book

Blessed Are the Nones


  • Author : Stina Kielsmeier-Cook
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780830853373

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Blessed Are the Nones Excerpt :

When her husband left Christianity several years into their marriage, Stina Kielsmeier-Cook was left struggling to live the Christian life on her own. In this memoir, she tells the story of her mixed-faith marriage and how she found unexpected community with an order of Catholic nuns, discovering that she was not "spiritually single" after all—and that no one really is.

Choosing Our Religion Book
Score: 5
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Choosing Our Religion


  • Author : Elizabeth Drescher
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199341245

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Choosing Our Religion Excerpt :

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, more than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated--up more than seven percent just since 2007. Even more startling, more 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 more and more 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 such as "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and more. Drawing on more 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.

The Rise of the Nones Book

The Rise of the Nones


  • Author : James Emery White
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2014-04-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441246073

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The Rise of the Nones Excerpt :

The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this seismic shift in our culture? Are our churches poised to reach these people? James Emery White lends his prophetic voice to one of the most important conversations the church needs to be having today. He calls churches to examine their current methods of evangelism, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the "nones." The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders.

The Nones Are Alright Book
Score: 3
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The Nones Are Alright


  • Author : Oakes, Kaya
  • Publisher : Orbis Books
  • Release Date : 2015-10-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608336234

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Losing Our Religion Book

Losing Our Religion


  • Author : Christel Manning
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479883202

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Losing Our Religion Excerpt :

"The fastest growing religion in America is--none! Among adults under 30, those poised to be the parents of the next generation, fully one third are religiously unaffiliated. Yet these "Nones," especially parents, still face prejudice in a culture where religion is widely seen as good for your kids. What do Nones believe, and how do they negotiate tensions with those convinced that they ought to provide their children with a religious upbringing?"--Publisher description.

Overhearing a Christian Apology to the Nones Book

Overhearing a Christian Apology to the Nones


  • Author : Thomas E. Rodgerson
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-11-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9781666716191

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Overhearing a Christian Apology to the Nones Excerpt :

While the steady increase of the religiously unaffiliated Nones in America has generated anxious responses about rising secularism and loss of national identity, this book suggests a wider meaning-making approach wherein the Nones are seen as valuable dialogue partners necessary in this pivotal moment for the revealing of still hidden truths about culture, spirituality, and religion. Christians who overhear this dialogue may find upon self-reflection an emerging truth about their relationships, embedded stories, level of faith development, and susceptibility to a culturally conditioned, transactional religion. Nones who choose to engage in dialogue may find that the “nothingness” they bring to the dialogue is more significant than they realize, revealing truths of an apophatic spiritual path necessary for generating a transformational faith of freedom and capable of rebalancing a divisive, consumer-driven society. The religious and the not-religious, who are often seen as being on opposite sides of an imagined religious threshold, may instead be seen as standing together in a liminal space that opens in wordless silence to yet unseen possibilities and from which emerge new stories aligned with the heart of Creation.

Strange Rites Book
Score: 4.5
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Strange Rites


  • Author : Tara Isabella Burton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541762510

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Strange Rites Excerpt :

A sparklingly strange odyssey through the kaleidoscope of America's new spirituality: the cults, practices, high priests and prophets of our supposedly post-religion age. Fifty-five years have passed since the cover of Time magazine proclaimed the death of God and while participation in mainstream religion has indeed plummeted, Americans have never been more spiritually busy. While rejecting traditional worship in unprecedented numbers, today's Americans are embracing a kaleidoscopic panoply of spiritual traditions, rituals, and subcultures -- from astrology and witchcraft to SoulCycle and the alt-right.As the Internet makes it ever-easier to find new "tribes," and consumer capitalism forever threatens to turn spirituality into a lifestyle brand, remarkably modern American religious culture is undergoing a revival comparable with the Great Awakenings of centuries past. Faith is experiencing not a decline but a Renaissance. Disillusioned with organized religion and political establishments alike, more and more Americans are seeking out spiritual paths driven by intuition, not institutions. In Strange Rites, religious scholar and commentator Tara Isabella Burton visits with the techno-utopians of Silicon Valley; Satanists and polyamorous communities, witches from Bushwick, wellness junkies and social justice activists and devotees of Jordan Peterson, proving Americans are not abandoning religion but remixing it. In search of the deep and the real, they are finding meaning, purpose, ritual, and communities in ever-newer, ever-stranger ways.

Disaffiliating Ministry Book

Disaffiliating Ministry


  • Author : Gregory Baker
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-08-23
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498590655

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Disaffiliating Ministry Excerpt :

This book argues for new ministerial postures and practices in light of the challenges college men in the United States face negotiating spirituality and gender. Young people require ministers who can accompany them from a range of spiritual commitments as they confront dynamics of power, intimacy and responsibility.

Creative in the Image of God Book

Creative in the Image of God


  • Author : Katherine M. Douglass
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532684531

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Creative in the Image of God Excerpt :

The declining religious participation among young adults, or “Rise of the Nones,” has signaled alarms across American Christianity. A closer look into the faith lives of thirty young adults who are, or were at one time, connected with a church, however, shows an articulate and aesthetically embodied faith life that seeks out connection with others, expression of their identity, and an openness to encountering God. Young adults see themselves, and all people in this pluralistic world, as bearing the image of God. They see creativity, in their own lives and in the lives of others, as evidence of this identity. This book is not an appeal to put more art into congregations, but rather an invitation to attend to aesthetic, embodied ways of knowing that exist among all people.

The End of Barbary Terror Book
Score: 3.5
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The End of Barbary Terror


  • Author : Frederick C. Leiner
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195325409

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The End of Barbary Terror Excerpt :

Drawn upon numerous ship logs, journals, love letters, and government documents, a vivid account of the world of American naval officers and diplomats in the early nineteenth century reveals how they reacted to the Barbary pirates' capture of an obscure Yankee sailing brig off the coast of North Africa in 1812.

Stories of God at Home Book

Stories of God at Home


  • Author : Jerome W. Berryman
  • Publisher : Church Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2018-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN 10 : 9780898690491

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Stories of God at Home Excerpt :

A method for families to share the biblical story at home and learn the practice of sharing one another’s stories as part of God’s Story. Using Godly Play® methods, Jerome Berryman offers families a way of nourishing faith in the home while supporting children’s spiritual growth through the practice of “storying,” our most ancient way of making meaning. This book offers “storying” rituals and techniques from Godly Play for exploring the meaning of Christmas, Easter, Creation, the Parable of the Good Shepherd, Pentecost, and the Trinity to give sustenance to the family’s flow, play, love, and spirituality. Stories of God at Home follows the rhythm of life’s cycles (birth, death, earth, life, God, and depth) in telling biblical stories and shows how parents and caretakers can grasp their role with children using classic children’s literature.