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The Nones

Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going

May 23rd @ Noon ET

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Dr. Ryan Burge, Author of the Nones


Assoc. Professor & Author of

The Nones

He has authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles alongside four books about religion and politics in the United States. Appearing on 60 Minutes which called him, “one of the country’s leading data analysts on religion and politics.”

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Attention all curious minds!

Join Dr. Ryan Burge, a leading expert in American religion, for an online teach-in exploring the fascinating world of "The Nones" – the increasingly significant group of Americans who claim no religious affiliation.

In this interactive session, Dr. Burge will take you on a journey through his newly updated book, "The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going." With his precise and accessible descriptions, backed up by a multitude of charts and graphs, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the nones and their impact on American society.

Discover how the nones have grown from just 5 percent in 1972 to a staggering 23.7 percent in 2018, making them as numerous as both evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics. Get an inside look into the different subgroups of nones, such as atheists and agnostics, and learn about the factors that lead an individual to return to religion.

Whether you're a student, scholar, or just someone who wants to know more about America's changing religious landscape, this online teach-in is for you. With an ever-growing collection of statistical and demographic information, this learning opportunity is more compelling than ever.

Don't miss this chance to join Dr. Burge and other curious minds to delve into the fascinating world of "The Nones". Register now and gain a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful picture of this growing group of Americans.


And the best part?

This teach-in is donation-based, including zero.

We want everyone to have access to this important information, regardless of their financial situation.

During the three-hour session, Dr. Burge will guide you through his precise and accessible descriptions of the nones, illustrated with charts and graphs drawn from more than a dozen carefully curated datasets. You'll gain a nuanced and meaningful picture of the nones and their impact on American religion.

So why wait? Register now and join Dr. Burge and other curious minds for an unforgettable online teach-in. And remember, your donation is entirely optional – we want everyone to be able to participate in this important event. See you on May 23 @ Noon ET!


What Readers are Saying....

"Ryan P. Burge writes with a social-scientist's mind and a pastor's heart.

The second edition adds significant insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the phenomenon and does a great job anticipating readers' questions as it moves through the data in a clear and convincing way."

- Kimberly H. Conger

Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati

"This second edition of The Nones is required reading for anyone attempting to make sense of America's religious landscape today.

In this book, Ryan Burge skillfully takes his reader behind the curtain to examine complex data and social theory in an approachable, practical, and exciting way. Parsing out the nuances within broad religious identifiers, The Nones offers a road map for pastors, professors, field builders, and lay leaders to enter the public sector with confidence, compassion, and a greater awareness around who comprises our society, what they believe, and how we move forward together across lines of difference."

- Amar D. Peterman

Founder, Scholarship for Religion and Society

"Not only did Burge conduct groundbreaking research into this important social phenomenon...

But he translates it into relevant and thought-provoking insights. As both a political scientist and pastor, there is no one better equipped to write about the future of American faith-or lack of it."

- Elle Hardy

Author of Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity Is Taking Over the World

Insights into the Rise of the Nones:

Factors Contributing to the Fastest-Growing Religious Group in the US.

  • The nones are the fastest-growing religious group in the United States, and their numbers are increasing rapidly. By understanding the factors contributing to this rise, participants can gain insights into the future of American religion.
  • The nones are not a homogenous group - they are made up of different subgroups such as atheists, agnostics, and those who identify as "nothing in particular". Understanding the nuances of these different groups can provide a more comprehensive picture of who the nones are and what they believe.
  • People become nones for multiple reasons. While some people become nones because of a lack of belief in God or religion, others leave religion because of negative experiences or beliefs that are at odds with their values. Understanding why people become nones can help religious leaders and communities better engage with this group.
  • Despite the growth of the nones, religion still plays a vital role in American society. By exploring the factors that lead people to return to religion after a period of non-affiliation, participants can gain insights into the potential future of American religion.
  • The nones have implications for a wide range of social and political issues, from the role of religion in public life to how different groups are represented in political decision-making. By understanding the beliefs and attitudes of the nones, participants can gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of these issues and the challenges they pose for American society.

About Ryan

Ryan Burge is an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University, where also serves as the graduate coordinator.

He has authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters alongside four books about religion and politics in the United States. He written for the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared in an NBC Documentary, on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, as well as 60 Minutes which called him, “one of the country’s leading data analysts on religion and politics.”

He has served as a pastor in the American Baptist Church for over twenty years and has been married to his wife Jacqueline for over fifteen years. They have two boys - Holden and Reid.

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Trip Fuller, host of Homebrewed Christianity Podcast

Meet the co-hosts:

Tripp Fuller

Tripp just moved back to North Carolina after three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology & Science at the University of Edinburgh and will begin 4-year post as Visiting Professor of Theology at Luther Seminary in the Fall. He recently released Divine Self-Investment: a Constructive Open and Relational Christology, the first book in the Studies in Open and Relational Theology series. For over 15 years, Tripp has been doing the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast (think on-demand internet radio), where he interviews different scholars about their work so you can get nerdy in traffic, on the treadmill, or doing the dishes.

Last year it had over 5 million downloads. It also inspired a book series with Fortress Press called the Homebrewed Christianity Guides to... topics like God, Jesus, Spirit, Church History, etc. Tripp is a committed and (some of his friends think overly) engaged Lakers fan who takes Star Wars and Lord of the Rings seriously.

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Dan Koch, host of You Have Permission Podcast

Dan Koch

Dan Koch is the host of You Have Permission and Pretty Good Vibrations podcasts and is currently working towards a doctorate in counseling psychology at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. His research focuses specifically on spiritual abuse and his Spiritual Harm & Abuse Scale was published in May 2022 in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

He remains curious about overlapping questions and interactions between music, psychology, and religion/spirituality. In the past, he co-hosted the Depolarize! and Reconstruct podcasts and played guitar in emo-pop band Sherwood. And has been a commercial composer since 2012. 


We've got A's for your Q's

How much does it cost?

A deep-dive learning opportunity like this is typically priced around $49, but nothing is required to join. This HBC teach-in is donation based, including 0. After you sign-up, you are in and should receive an auto-triggered welcome email. Once you sign-up the browser will direct you to the optional donation page where you can give as able.

How will I join the teach-in work?

You will receive an email before the gathering with all the info on accessing and joining the live stream and the class outline/notes as a PDF. You can enter through your computer, tablet, or phone, where you can engage others in the chat throughout and ask your questions during the dialog sections.  

Do I have to join live?

Nope! If you cannot join live or can only be online for part of the teach-in, don't hesitate to go ahead and join. After the teach-in, we will send everyone a link to the digital archive page where you can watch the video on demand or download the audio.  

Can I access the content later?

Yes! Afterward, you will get an email with access to the resource page where you can watch the video archive or download the audio.    

Can I host a group viewing?

Definitely! You can organize a group to join the teach-in live or use the video archive to break the content up into a few sessions with your group. Just let us know if you are going to host a group.  

What's the teach-in schedule?

The Teach-in will be divided into two 80 minute sessions with a short break between them. In the first segment Ryan will lay out the most comprehensive picture of the Nones and in the second we will explore the typology of the Nones’ different spiritual intuitions and ways to engage them. 

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