Irreligion is defined as an absence of religion and/or an indifference towards religion. Sometimes it may also be defined more narrowly as hostility towards religion. When characterized as hostility to religion, it includes antitheism, anticlericalism and antireligion. When characterized as indifference to religion, it includes apatheism. When characterized as the rejection of religious belief, it includes atheism and secular humanism. When characterized as the absence of religious belief, it may include agnosticism, ignosticism, nontheism, religious skepticism, and freethought.
Irreligion may even include forms of theism depending on the religious context it is defined against, as in 18th century Europe where the epitome of irreligion was Deism. Sixteen percent of the world population (1.1 billion people) are considered non-religious. Some evidence suggests that the fastest growing religious status in the United States is "no religion".
Irreligion in the World
- Importance of religion by country
- Irreligion by country
- Nontheistic religions
- Spiritual But Not Religious
- ^ Definition of Irreligion
- ^ Campbell, Colin. 1971. Towards a Sociology of Irreligion. London:McMillan p. 31.
- ^ Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents
- ^ American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population A Report Based on the American Religious Identification Survey 2008
- ^ The Religiosity Index is a measure of the importance of religion for respondents and their self-reported attendance of religious services. For religions in which attendance at services is limited, care must be used in interpreting the data. (Gallup WorldView)
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- ^ Gallup poll
- ^ "Albania". State.gov. 2006-09-15. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/71364.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-04. US Department of State - International religious freedom report 2006
- ^ L'Albanie en 2005
- ^ "Adherents.com". Adherents.com. http://www.adherents.com/Na/Na_472.html. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Some publications
- ^ "Adherents.com". Adherents.com. http://www.adherents.com/Na/Na_473.html. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Some publications
- ^ a b c d Zuckerman, Phil. "Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns", from the Cambridge Companion to Atheism, edited by Michael Martin, University of Cambridge Press, 2007
- ^ UK National Statistics Bureau (2011 census)
- ^ Statistics New Zealand (2006 census)[dead link]
- ^ "fowid - Forschungsgruppe Weltanschauungen in Deutschland: Home". Fowid.de. http://www.fowid.de/. Retrieved 2011-09-12. German Worldview Research Group (2010)
- ^ "2914.0.55.002 - 2006 Census of Population and Housing: Media Releases and Fact Sheets, 2006". Abs.gov.au. 2007-06-27. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/7d12b0f6763c78caca257061001cc588/6ef598989db79931ca257306000d52b4!OpenDocument. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Australian Statistics Bureau (2006 census)
- ^ [dead link] Socialogical Research Centre (2005)
- ^ "96F0030XIE2001015 - Religions in Canada". 2.statcan.ca. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/analytic/companion/rel/contents.cfm. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Canada 2001 census
- ^ US Religious Landscape Survey
- ^ "Table Of Statistics On Religion In The Americas". Prolades.com. http://www.prolades.com/amertbl06.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Gallup-Argentina survey, April 2001
- ^ [dead link] Güney Afrika 2001 census
- ^ "Microsoft Word - PDR 2006.doc" (PDF). http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/Final%20Principal%20Demographic%20Results%202006.pdf. Retrieved 2011-02-04. Central Statistics Bureau of Ireland 2006 census
- First chapter of Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up by John Allen Paulos
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