None of the Above

None of the Above

Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada

Secular Studies

by Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

Published by: NYU Press

272 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 44 black and white illustrations

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781479860807
  • Published: April 2020


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781479817399
  • Published: April 2020



Compares secular attitudes characterizing “religious nones” in the United States and Canada

Almost a quarter of American and Canadian adults are nonreligious, while teens and young adults are even less likely to identify religiously. None of the Above explores the growing phenomenon of “religious nones” in North America. Who are the religious nones? Why, and where, is this population growing?

While there has been increased attention on secularism in both Europe and the United States, little work to date has focused on Canada. Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme turn to survey and interview data to explore how a nonreligious identity impacts a variety of aspects of daily life in the US and Canada in sometimes similar and sometimes different ways, offering insights to illuminate societal and political trends. With numbers of nonreligious people even higher in Canada than in the US, some believe that secular currents to the north foreshadow what will happen in the US.

None of the Above asserts that a growing divide between religious and nonreligious populations could engender a greater distance in moral and political values and behaviors. At once provocative and insightful, this book tackles questions of coexistence, religious tolerance, and spirituality, as American and Canadian society accelerate toward a more secular future.