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First saint of the SBNR?

There is a whiff of transcendence in the new biopic about Steve Jobs and Jeffrey Weiss wonders what that says about how spirituality operates in our culture.


So what did Jobs have to do with religion trends? He was an exemplar, an icon of one of the hottest.

For all the debate about what is really the “fastest-growing religion” in America, the data is pretty conclusive: If “None of the Above” had a headquarters, its membership would only be exceeded by the Catholic Church. (Of course, to paraphrase the old Groucho Marx line, these folks would never join a faith that would have them as members.)

About one in five Americans answer survey questions on whether they belong to a religious group by saying “none of the above,” which has earned them the nickname “nones.”

But most of them say they believe in something that doesn’t fit in any of the standard dogmas. God, prayer, heaven, angels — most of the nones check off one or more of those boxes. That’s where Jobs lived, too.


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