No big surprise. There are now more Nones than Nuns. This latest survey finds “No Religion” is just about the Largest “Religion” in America:
“For the first time “No Religion” has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.
Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found that 23.1% of Americans now claim no religion.
Catholics came in at 23.0%, and evangelicals were at 22.5%.”
Pondering this, I think back to the other day when my wife and I were on a long hike in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Nearing the end we were very tired, only to find the bridge leading back to the car washed out! We ended up hiking about 4 miles back on another trail, then hitching a ride from a nice couple from Arkansas.
Choosing new trails.
Bridges washed out.
Strangers who help.
How does this relate to trails of theology, bridges of belief and tired travelers who are looking for a better way forward–a healthier sense of home?