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ll away from the non faith and rebel toward religion, making for a new generation of awkward Thanksgivings. Though the nones are varied, and occasionally confused, their overall growth has been swift and unprecedented. This has occasioned scholarly disagreement over the causes. Clearly, the social stigma against being religiously unaffiliated has faded. America used to have plenty of Protestant agnostics and Catholic agnostics people who identified with a faith tradition culturally but not theologically. Such cultural attachment has become less expected and less common.
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