“Disbeliever” not equal to “Atheist”

Not all disbelievers consider themselves to be atheists, says the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life:

According to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, 5% of American adults say they do not believe in God or a universal spirit, but only about a quarter (24%) of these nonbelievers actually call themselves atheists.

Within this 5% of the total population, what other kinds of unbelievers are there? 35% consider themselves “Nothing Particular” and 15% “Agnostic,” while 14% consider themselves Christian, and 10% identify with other religious traditions such as Judaism (4%) and Buddhism (3%).

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About D Andrew Kille

Editor of the Bible Workbench
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