This column is an opportunity to look at items of interest on a variety of subjects in the light of Christian Science.

Spiritual yearning in American life

Reprinted by permission. Pew Research Center, November 11, 2015,

Note: For many years the Pew Research Center has surveyed Americans’ religious affiliations, beliefs, and practices. In surveys where participants are asked which denomination they identify with, those who indicate they are unaffiliated, or who identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, are tabulated in the “none” category.

By Michael Lipka

The “nones” … now make up 23 percent of US adults, up from 16 percent in 2007. But there is more to the story. To begin with, this group is not uniformly nonreligious. Most of them say they believe in God, and about a third say religion is at least somewhat important in their lives.

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