An Irreligious Revival?

It’s said the U.S. is unique among rich nations for its degree of religious belief. While that remains true, it can mask the fact that rising numbers of Americans aren’t at all religious.

The latest evidence of this comes in a report from Trinity College, based on polling fielded through much of last year. Fifteen percent of respondents picked “none” when asked to cite their religious affiliation, vs. 8 percent in 1990. One current measure of secularism’s sway: 27 percent of respondents said they don’t expect to have a religious funeral or service when they die. (Sixty-six percent do expect to have one, and 7 percent declined to answer.)

Meanwhile, despite talk of growing religious diversity, one must resort to decimal points to track the rise in proportion of respondents who profess a non-Christian faith — from 3.3 percent in 1990 to 3.9 percent last year.