Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America
by Stephen Bullivant 2022

About the Author
Stephen Bullivant holds professorial positions at St Mary’s University, London, and the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. He has doctorates in theology (Oxford, 2009) and sociology (Warwick, 2019). His studies of contemporary nonreligiosity have received wide international coverage, including from the BBC, New York Times, Economist, Financial Times, and Der Spiegel.

About the Book
“We cannot understand the explosive rise of religious “nones” without understanding the rise of “nonverts.” With rigor and wit, Stephen Bullivant shows us nonverts matter because our past relationships profoundly shape our present and future lives, often in divergent ways. Religious nonverts commonly share quite different identities and experiences from “Cradle Nones.” Just as nonverts who grew up evangelical or Catholic are unique compared to former Muslims or Mainline Protestants. Weaving together compelling personal stories and sweeping quantitative analysis, Bullivant shows us both the brilliant diversity and undeniable commonality of the formerly-religious.” — Samuel L. Perry, co-author of The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy

Nonverts brings America’s stunning rise of secularization to life. Stephen Bullivant highlights the humanity of the growing secular population in America―with equal parts brio, rigor, and humor. Many of the stories told within these pages will no doubt resonate with nonreligious readers. Religious readers will benefit from learning why so many others are deciding that religion is not for them. People who are unsure about their religious beliefs will find that their experience is more common than they might think. No matter their background, everyone who reads this book will gain a deeper understanding of how America’s ‘new secularists’ are reshaping the cultural landscape.” — David Campbell, author of Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics

“In Nonverts, Stephen Bullivant threads the difficult needle of being academically rigorous, while also being accessible to a general audience. The backbone of the book is a careful melding of the statistical evidence with very personal and engaging stories of how and why people have left religion behind. It should serve as a key text for anyone who is interested in understanding secularization and its many causes and consequences.” — Ryan Burge, author of The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They are Going

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