Census adds new non-religious categories

March 26, 2017

Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Religion, Atheism

The NZ Census asks a question of respondents about Religious Affiliation. Historically, the only response available for non-believers has been "No Religion". NZ Stats have now added several categories (opens new window) in time for the next Census in 2018.

The No Religion (opens new window) group has been growing steadily, and in the last census (opens new window) was 42%. However, there are questions about what it means to people when they tick that box.

The new categories (opens new window) give many more options:

Among the options available now for people with no religious belief are:

  • No Religion
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Humanism
  • Rationalism
  • Jedi
  • Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

I would be happy ticking several of those boxes, including No Religion, Atheism, Humanism and Rationalism. I'd also be tempted to tick the FSM box!