Episode 84 - The Challenge Of The Rise Of The “Nones”
July 18, 2011
A stimulating discussion of the most important trend in American religion by leading demographer Barry Kosmin.
On October 9, 2010, the Council for Secular Humanism presented its 30th anniversary conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The conference’s concluding session opened with an exclusive presentation by sociologist Barry Kosmin, research professor in the Public Policy & Law Program at Trinity College, founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture, and a principal investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey. He is best known for documenting the rapid increase in the number of Americans who report no religious preference, which doubled during the 1990s. Members of this group are called “nones” because when asked their religious preference, they give an answer equivalent to “none of the above.”
In his lecture and the questions that follow, Dr. Kosmin presents the facts and their implications, both for American society as a whole and for the strategy leading atheist, humanist, and freethought organizations might most profitably adopt in response.
The session was chaired by Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine.