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Not all Americans who are religiously unaffiliated are nonbelievers in the existence of a god. For years, religiously unaffiliated Americans have been split into approximate thirds among nonbelievers, general belief in a higher power, and specific belief in God. However, the proportion of nonbelievers has recently risen to comprise nearly half of all religiously unaffiliated Americans.

"Nic Frame is a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University. Their research focuses on non-religion, social movements, identity, and politics. Currently, their dissertation explores the nuances of the...