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Re: [DarwinsTavern] The Religious Right and the rise of the "nones"

From: Wade
Sent on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:48 PM
Steve:

The people using "nones" are researchers and number crunchers.  I don't 
like "brights" either.  Too arrogant.  I prefer the label "skeptic".  
This label dates back to Ancient Greece and has had that same meaning 
 from then until now.  In a nut shell, it means people who are not 100% 
certain of anything, but instead talk in terms of probability.  I could 
be insane.  Therefore, I am not 100% certain that I am typing this 
message right now.  But I am[masked]% certain of it.

"Skeptic" includes atheists, agnostics and most people who consider 
themselves "spiritual but not religious".  And that includes just about 
everyone who attends DT.  Most "spiritual but not religious" people are 
skeptical of religious dogma and fit right in at DT.  So I think the 
term "skeptic" is appropriately applied to them.  And any of you who 
have not considered getting Skeptic Magazine should take a look at it.  
Mental Floss is also excellent and much more entertaining.

One last thought: categories are always imperfect because they never 
fully define or explain anything.  However, all language is category.  
So we can't get away from it either.

---Wade

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Stroupe <[address removed]>
To: DarwinsTavern-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Thu, Mar 14,[masked]:45 pm
Subject: RE: [DarwinsTavern] The Religious Right and the rise of the 
"nones"



“Nones” is such a banal and unimaginative term. Surely we can do better 
without going to the other extreme as Dawkins & Co. did a while back 
with “brights”?
 

 From: [address removed] 
[mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Wade
Sent: Thursday, March 14,[masked]:45 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [DarwinsTavern] The Religious Right and the rise of the "nones"

 

Hello primates!
Here's a new article about trends in the US regarding religious 
affiliation.  Researchers from UC Berkeley and Duke think the rise of 
the "nones" (people with no religious affiliation) may be due in part 
to "blowback" from the Religious Right movement.  In other words, the 
strategy employed by religious conservatives is actually speeding up 
the secularization of America.  I think this is probably true, but I 
also think it is just one factor.  I think there are many other things 
going on behind the rise of the "nones".  Still, it's a nice little 
article.  The ranking of states by religious affiliation is also 
interesting.  Alabama ranks 3rd by the way.  Which is why groups like 
DT are so important here. 
http://www.huffin...­
---Wade 




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