The nones are still believers in some sort of magical stuff; they’re not rationalists for the most part.
It’s more likely that they will join some more modern faith movement, rather then drift towards Metaphysical Naturalism.
Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t some of them atheists? You’re making it sound as if they happened to question these nones when they were all in the middle of converting .
But seriously, that may only be true for those of them where religion was a big part of their lives, and have since been looking for something else. They want to believe just to believe, so they will find something else.
And I completely agree with Occam. I’m sure it is much more likely that the increase in nones is linked to younger people. Scientists are much more capable of being in touch with young people (keeping up is part of the game) than religion is. It’s probably due mostly to the media, may it be fun and interesting YouTube videos explaining hundreds of scientific topics, or simply shows like Family Guy with its atheist creator Seth Green (which I personally think is going to have a bigger impact on youth towards religion than some may realize).
Here is a little extra section from my own experience thus far, since George seemed curious about us younger ones (I’m 26 btw ). Among friends, religion is never really discussed (save one friend whom I discuss philosophy with often). The rare times that it does pop up in conversation is to discuss its various oddities. Or perhaps more specifically try and understand its oddities. Or question the actions taken by some of the more radical or fanatical adherents. But it’s such a non-topic that it quickly fades from conversation. Even a couple friends, whose parents are pretty religious, don’t seem to care much about it. If they do participate once and a while, it’s just to please their parents. And I think young teens these days care even less about it, again because their parents are younger themselves.
Belief in god is separate however (although not exactly the topic, but figured I’d mention it since it’s not far off from producing the same reaction). Most of my friends have expressed some sort of belief that there is “something”. But any sort of personal god is far from it. It’s more like god is in nature, usually followed by “I’m not sure how to say it”, a sort of mild pantheism. But, given a few good books on this exact topic with philosophical undertones, it may help them at the very least to try and figure out what exactly they mean. I’d like to think most of them, after having read up on it a bit, would figure out that they’ve been trying to define god so vaguely that there is simply no need for that word at all, in the end.
So I think people are just too busy with friends enjoying themselves (yes, a lot of them playing video games together online with millions of others in the online gaming community . ) planing and thinking about their futures in this life, instead of worrying about how many immoral actions will land them in an eternal hellfire.
Edit: Forgot to ask. Was just curious if you could be specific about what you mean when you say “participating in the life of their community”. As in political?