Religion, Children And The Rise Of The ‘Nones’

Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Cambridge in October 2012 (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Cambridge in October 2012 (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

The religious landscape in the country is undergoing a tectonic shift. And it is as jarring as it is unprecedented. Five years ago, 15 percent of American adults were religiously unaffiliated. Today, that number has jumped to 20 percent. One in five American adults — and one-third of adults under age 30 — have no religious affiliation.

That doesn’t mean they’re atheists, just uninterested in joining a church or synagogue or mosque. But divorce from a religious community comes at a cost, especially when it comes to raising children.


  • Katherine Ozment, a Boston-based freelance writer, her recent cover story in Boston Magazine is “Losing Our Religion.”
  • Chris Stedman, assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard and author of “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious.”
  • Thomas Groome, professor of Theology and Religious Education; chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry


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