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"Psychic Sophie and the Rise of the Nones”

Date/Time
Monday 03 June 2013 11:30 - 13:00
Location
Seminar Room, Convento
Affiliation
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Type
Lecture
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The most important story in American religion today is the rise of the "Nones,” the category of people who declare no religious affiliation. Approximately one-fifth of American adults are in this category, and their numbers have exploded in the past two decades. Surprisingly, perhaps, the Nones tend to be believers; very few of them say they are atheists or agnostics. They reject not belief but organized religion, and draw on a variety of traditions to create their own, a la carte, spiritualities. In this paper, I explore the rise of the Nones and the tensions it exposes in American law, particularly with regard to the definition of religion. To illustrate, I rely on a recent US appeals court case in which the plaintiff, "Psychic Sophie,” argued that the state had interfered with the exercise of her religion / which she defined, in typical None fashion, as "following her inner flow.”

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  • Prof. Mark Movsesian (St. John’s University School of Law, New York)