In my latest book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, I charted the meteoric rise of this religious classification in the United States.
And it has been meteoric.
If you're new to the conversation, here's a précis:
A "none" is someone who says that they are religiously unaffiliated. When asked about their religion, they did not answer "Baptist" or "Catholic" or any other defined faith. They picked a different category: "none."
The number of "nones" in the 1930's and 1940's hovered around 5 percent. By 1990, that number had only risen to 8 percent, a mere 3% rise in over half-a-century. Between 1990 and 2008 – just 18 years – the number of "nones" leaped from 8.1 percent to 15 percent. Then, in just four short years, it climbed to 20 percent, representing one of every five Americans.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.(AP/Fox News)
A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there's a good chance they will end up in police custody. (Fields & Emshwiller, The Wall Street Journal)
Christians make up less than 2 percent of Pakistan's 180 million population, and they have been persecuted at an alarming rate in recent years as the Taliban and other Islamist groups have become more powerful.(Daftari, Fox News)
"It was my only option," Breedlove said. "We were directed we had to perform the marriages, and that was just something I couldn't do because of my religious beliefs." (Walton, USA Today)
Stories about athletes and domestic violence, the widespread consumption of pornography, and what it means to be a husband and father are filling our news cycles and shaping our culture's ideas of manhood. So what does it mean to act like a man?
Throughout the month of October, Senior Pastor Jim White will explore the Biblical call to manhood and what it really takes to "man up."Click here to see this product and more.