Corinna Nicolaou looks backward in her quest for a "special kind of wisdom"; it is the religious who should look forward to her and other like-minded "Nones."
She contemplates the pervasive myth that Nones are "missing out." I ask: Can religion propagate kindness without intolerance? Does it incline people "to see the big picture," or is a church a group of people encouraging each other that they no longer have to wonder? Does religion help a person in times of great difficulty, or can believing what one wants to believe get one past any hardship?
Nicolaou asks, "What do I have to lose?" How about grace? Nones exist in an ideal place: We are thankful for its own sake. We do not suffer under a belief that our natural impulses are "bad." We are not threatened into proper behavior; rather, we make positive choices according to the golden rule.