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The Religious "Nones": A Neglected Category

Glenn M. Vernon
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 7, No. 2 (Autumn, 1968), pp. 219-229
DOI: 10.2307/1384629
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1384629
Page Count: 11
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The Religious "Nones": A Neglected Category
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Abstract

Those who study religion scientifically have tended to ignore a category of religious phenomenon which appears to be of significance and an understanding of which provides a more complete understanding of religious behavior. That category is the religious "nones." This article (1) calls attention to this neglect; (2) discusses some of the implications of the use of the "none" label; (3) explores some evidence of the relationship between nonaffiliation and a) other religious variables such as beliefs, religious experience, and participation in religious meetings and rituals and b) other social behavior; and (4) explores some methodological and theoretical considerations arising from this analysis. On the basis of this evidence, it is suggested that the religious "none" or independent is a phenomenon worthy of study.

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