Nones, Dones, and the Bible
Last week, it was the GSS that showed the rise of the Nones. This week, it is Barna. The good news from their survey is that the Nones are becoming more diverse: more women, less white, and more widely distributed. And younger. “And their numbers are growing more quickly than anyone expected 20 years ago.”
Neil Carter distinguishes the Dones — those who once were religious and now are not — from the broad category of Nones. With many social shifts, there is an interesting sociological distinction between those who were caught up in the furor, and those who fortunately lived largely in the space created by the change.
Barna is a Christian outfit, and I can’t help but chuckle at some of the editorial comments they make regarding their data. Such as this one:
Given their antipathy or indifference toward the Bible, it is remarkable that six out of 10 skeptics own at least one copy.
I own at least two. And despite having little regard for Zeus, I likely also have a copy of Hesiod somewhere. Nonbelievers don’t reject the historical and literary importance of myth, just because we don’t worship the gods depicted!