More and more Americans are listing their religion as "none." But not all nones are alike, and when they become parents, they must each address the question of whether to pass along the religious heritage of their families or the "none" status they may have acquired later in life.
Sacred Heart University professor of religious studies Christel Manning draws on survey data and in-depth interviews to examine how unaffiliated parents are raising their children in "Losing Our Religion," which won the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
In her review of the book, Slate contributor Ruth Graham writes about her own dilemma as an unaffiliated Christian who continues to harbor warm feelings for the evangelical spirituality she grew up with and as a parent who wants to raise her daughter in the church.
"I want her to know the stories and songs that I love and to have a similar moral and cultural grounding that my husband and I were raised with," writes Graham.
"But I don’t want her to be afraid of a hell I don’t believe in, and I don’t want to lie about what I believe. So what should that look like, exactly?"
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