There have been several news stories recently, including in the New York Times, regarding the number of people who claim no religious affiliation. They are called the “nones.”
Coincidentally, I recently watched a very interesting interview with Salman Rushdie, where he stated the Islam he grew up with doesn’t resemble the Islam of today. He said today, Islam has been corrupted by fanatical minority sects.
Rushdie went on to say that this phenonemon is not islated within Islam. He said there has been a resurgence of Hindu fanatacism in India. He also cited the Christian fanatics in the U.S.
What he said made me consider the growth of the “nones” in the U.S. and Europe. If religions have come to be viewed as the realm of fanatics, wouldn’t that explain why so many people are simply eschewing the whole idea and pursuing their spirituality in other ways?
Keep in mind the nones now make up about 20 percent of the population in the U.S., and that number is growing.
If this premise is sound, how could religious organizations address this perception and will they?