A new Pew research survey has found that the fast growing "religion" in America is no religion at all.
According to the survey one in five Americans doesn't consider themselves affiliated with any religion at all and the rate of the unaffiliated is growing faster among young people.
Now, it is important to note that not being affiliated with a particular religion isn't the same as being an atheist or agnostic. In fact, of the 35 million that have no formal religious affiliation, only 13 million describe themselves as an atheist or agnostic. The rest might believe in God, or a higher power or describe themselves as being more spiritual than religious.
I don't know where I would fall in this study. I grew up in a very religious home (we went to chuch twice on Sundays and usually during the week for some activity), I went to a Christian college, and I was very actively attending a non-denominational mega-church when my husband and I met (though I was already starting to struggle with the fact that the church had exclusionary stances on homosexuality that I can no longer abide).
My husband was raised Catholic and was quite devout but struggles with the Church's stance on birth control and the role of women. He is still interested in faith and I usually describe him as a former Catholic with Quaker and Buddhist leanings.
We've never really found a church that fits us both and has the progressive values we are looking for and so now we are mostly Christmas and Easter attendees. Sometimes I wish we did have a church, sometimes I don't care that we don't.
Have your religious values changed since you were a child? Is raising your child with a particular faith important to you?