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By Elizabeth Drescher

ISBN-10: 0199341222

ISBN-13: 9780199341221

To the dismay of spiritual leaders, examine after learn has proven a gentle decline in association and id with conventional religions in the United States. via 2014, greater than twenty percentage of adults pointed out as unaffiliated--up greater than seven percentage simply due to the fact that 2007. much more startling, greater than thirty percentage of these lower than the age of thirty now establish as "Nones"--answering "none" whilst queried approximately their non secular association. Is the United States wasting its faith? Or, as progressively more american citizens select various non secular paths, are they altering what it ability to be spiritual within the usa today?

In Choosing Our faith, Elizabeth Drescher explores the various, advanced religious lives of Nones throughout generations and throughout different types of self-identification equivalent to "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and extra. Drawing on a couple of hundred interviews performed around the usa, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a large cross-section of Nones, diversified with recognize to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and earlier spiritual heritage. She permits Nones to talk eloquently for themselves, illuminating the strategies during which they turned None, the assets of knowledge and thought that increase their religious lives, the practices they locate spiritually significant, how prayer services in religious lives no longer based on doctrinal trust, how morals and values are formed outdoors of institutional religions, and the way Nones method the non secular improvement in their personal children.

These compelling tales are deeply revealing approximately how faith is altering in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated kinfolk, associates, and friends with whom their lives stay intertwined.

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