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

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Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones Read Online Free - 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 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.

Title : Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones
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ISBN : 0199341222
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 pages


Margaret rated it ★★★★☆

December 19, 2015

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...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2016

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?...

Melanti rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2016

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...

Tricia rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 2016

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 l...

BHodges rated it ★★★★☆

April 20, 2016

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 agnosti...

Dany rated it ★★★★★

March 24, 2016

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 wa...

Cynthia rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2016

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

Tim rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2016

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...

Earl rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2016

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 f...

Roberta rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2016

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.

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