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Families and FaithHow Religion is Passed Down across Generations$
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Vern L. Bengtson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199948659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948659.001.0001

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The “Nones”

The “Nones”

Families of Nonreligious Youth

(p.145) Chapter 8 The “Nones”
Families and Faith

Vern L. Bengtson

Norella M. Putney

Susan C. Harris

Oxford University Press

The fastest-growing religious category in America is comprised of the not religious: atheists, agnostics, those who are religiously unaffiliated or uninterested, and those who call themselves “spiritual but not religious.” Previous research suggested that a majority of these come from a religious background but have rejected their parents’ faith. In this study, however, by 2005 it was far more common to see a high degree of intergenerational similarity with nonreligious children following in the path of their nonreligious parents. Such parent–child similarity increased markedly over the thirty-five years of the study: In 1970 only one in seven young adult nones had parents who also were nonaffiliated; by 2005 this had increased to six in ten youth.

Keywords:   atheists, agnostics, cultural change, families, intergenerational, nones, nonreligious, nonaffiliated, spiritual but not religious, youth

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