i found this morsel of information interesting:
"the researchers also asked more in-depth questions about the respondents’ beliefs. What they found is that whether they choose those words to describe themselves or not, 12 percent of Americans are atheist or agnostic, professing no beli.... This is about as many people as all the mainline Protestant churches — Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and United Church of Christ — combined."
wow. we're growing even more than i thought. the 19% of people described as "nones" is impressive as well. how much longer until the "nones" are 30%? 40%? 50%??? it could happen sooner than any of us thought possible.