Are you “religiously unaffiliated”?

A recent study released by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public life show one in five American adults now consider themselves “religiously unaffiliated.” That's 20 percent of the population, a 25 percent increase from five years ago.

SpokaneFAVS writer Rev. Craig Goodwin analyzes this study in his article, “Ranks of religiously unaffiliated rises to 1 in 5 Americans.”

Are you religious unaffiliated? Why or why not?


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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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  1. Since I received Christ into my life around 30 years ago I have always resisted being called religious. The very basic definition of religion is just doing something over and over. Spiritually speaking I would say religion is man’s attempt at earning God’s favor by our good works, which the Bible says is impossible. I am a member of a local independent community Bible church and absolutely love being there, but I would not consider myself to be religiously affiliated. However for the purpose of answering your question in the spirit of how you asked, yes I am. God directs Christian believers not to forsake the assembling of themselves together and the church is something Jesus Christ Himself is building, so that’s why I am part of it, praise God!

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