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In 20 Years, One Quarter Of Americans Could Claim "No Religion"

According to a post at U.S. News and World Report, if current trends continue, a quarter of Americans are likely to claim "no religion" in 20 years, according to a survey out today by Trinity College.

Americans who identify with no religious tradition currently comprise 15 percent of the country, representing the fastest growing segment of the national religious landscape.

While the numbers portend a dramatic change for the American religious scene—"religious nones" accounted for just 8 percent of the population in 1990—the United States is not poised to adopt the anti-religious posture of much of secularized Europe.

That's because American religious nones tend to be religious skeptics as opposed to outright atheists. Fewer than 10 percent of those identifying with no religious tradition call themselves atheists or hold atheistic beliefs, according to the new study.

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I think we (America) have a long way before we are like our European friends. Probably not in my lifetime, even though I do expect the trend of no religion to continue. It's just my thought of course, but here's the part that bothers me: I see lots of people who claim to believe in God, or religion, but are not active and don't live up to the "faith" they claim. This is even more dangerous in my opinion, because it will lead those who may be genuinely seeking away. This is where America is going to be hurting in the future, in my opinion.

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