I work for the Church and I've seen the term "nones" used to describe those who are non-Christian or those who are considered "spiritual, but not religious." I find the term belittling. What's the origin of the term? Is it from "none of the above"? Is there a better term out there?
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This term has lately been used by reputable survey groups such as Pew to refer to people who self-identify as "none of the above" on religious surveys. It has been popularized recently by NPR and other news sources reporting on the upsurge of "nones" in the population. I have also heard it used from the pulpit. I have never heard it used pejoratively.