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The Nones Are Alright: A New Generaton of Believers, Seekers and Those in Between

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Almost a third of American Millennials (not to mention their Gen-X elders) have chosen to live a life free from institutional religion. Many of those who do remain in the denominations and faith expressions in which they were raised tend to practice their faith in ways rather more syncretic and casual than previous generations. But beyond the surprising and puzzling statis ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Orbis Books (first published October 1st 2015)
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Ann Duncan
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Love the topic - so much work remains to be done in analyzing these recent trends. Book is mostly anecdotal with little new analysis but a helpful text fir those concerned about these trends in that is shows that a) the "nones" are often quite religious (and doing just fine!) but also b) that traditional religion would do well to recognize and adapt to this growing and evolving type of religious identity.
Carol
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of the author's interviews with many people on different parts of the faith journey. We shouldn't assume people who don't formally practice religion are godless. On the contrary, many non-practioners are seeking and thirsty, but want more or expect better, and are actually very eloquent about what they yearn for, and what has disappointed them.
Cory
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite a savvy use of queer and LGBT, this book has nothing to say about trans people and it's unclear if any of the interviewees were a non-gay sort of queer. It's also edited by a straight woman, who's certainly trying -- but from reading the table of contents I was hoping for more.

The entire latter half of the book deals with Catholicism, and while it's interesting and worthwhile I found myself wishing for the more eclectic, interspersed and varied style of the first half.

It also defaults to
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Paulina
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, religion
A highly readable and fascinating look into the life of the seekers and believers and doubters of the world who may find religion or faith at the fringes of or outside of institutional religion.

The author does a good job of fleshing out the statistics behind those who might identify as believers but not as religious with her interviews with various people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

As someone who still finds her home in the institution of the Catholic Church but is friends with many
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Chris Keil
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found it informative and helpful in understanding how society and culture affect religion.............
Chris Keil
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very helpful information in understanding how culture and demographics relate to religion and society
K Kriesel
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a one-foot-in-one-foot-out Catholic, every page of this book resonated with me. This sincere, hopeful, compassionate book is absolutely integral to generational dialogue regarding religion
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Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books, 2015), Radical Reinvention(Counterpoint Press, 2012), Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009), and a poetry collection, Telegraph (Pavement Saw Press, 2007). She is a contributing writer to Religion Dispatches,Killing the Buddha, Commonweal, and America magazines and her essays ha ...more