A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, by Corinna Nicolaou

By Corinna Nicolaou

The emerging inhabitants often called “nones” for its members’ loss of spiritual association is altering American society, politics, and tradition. Many nones think in God or even stopover at areas of worship, yet they don't establish with a particular religion or belong to a non secular neighborhood. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and during this layered narrative, she describes what it really is like for her and hundreds of thousands of others to dwell with out faith or to be non secular with no committing to a particular faith.

Nicolaou additionally excursions America’s significant conventional religions to determine what, if something, one may lack with out God. She strikes via Christianity’s denominations, studying their tenets and worshiping along their fans. She travels to la to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to coach herself approximately Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. those encounters end up the numerous function faith nonetheless performs in smooth existence. in addition they exemplify the colourful dating among faith and American tradition and the iconic worth it presents to immigrants and outsiders. notwithstanding she is still a religious none, Nicolaou’s studies show issues of touch among the spiritual and the unaffiliated, suggesting nones will be greatly revising the perform of religion in modern occasions.

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