Take the Sociology? research on what category people chose.
They can chose if they see themselves a Catholic or Baptist
or any of the other known big denominations of Christian faith?
The they realize that some want to non-affiliate themselves
so they create the category Non-affiliated and that one get
many supporters. Atheist and Agnostic gets rather few supporters
in these official surveys.
In another country they don’t ahve the category Non-affiliated
they have No religion would that mean it is only another name
for Non-affiliated? One would need to find a definition what the
researchers intended with these categories?
One category is Other and you can fill in your religion there
and two of the most popular are Jedi and Heavy Metal.
Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed.
Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the past 10 years, they are still the most selected “alternative” faith on the Census, and constitute 0.31% of all people’s stated religious affiliation in England and Wales.
The latest official population survey also revealed 6,242 people subscribe to the Heavy Metal religion, which was set up in 2010 by the Rock magazine, Metal Hammer.
The number of people specifically identifying as Atheists was 29,267, while over 13.8 million refused to identify with a faith at all, ticking the “No religion” box on the census form.
The Telegraph does not seem to report how many Humanists or Rationalists
there are in England so are them supposed to chose No religion instead of Atheist
Are there no Agnostics?
Has any of looked into this Science of study of self identity answering Census and Surveys?
I have no idea what to answer because I don’t know what No religion mean or refers to.
I feel that I am 100% religious in my heart but by the definition that logical atheists set up
then I am 100% atheist. Religious in Heart and anti-religious in Head. What category is that?
The category Confused Identity?
The Telegraph wild guess this:
over 13.8 million refused to identify with a faith at all,
ticking the “No religion” box on the census form.
So either they just guess or those that constructed the Census
has told them that they intended the category No religion for
those that “refuse to identify with a faith at all”
I don’t refuse I would be happy if I find a name for my religious at heart.