According to Brian McLaren, the increase in nones might be the work of the Holy Spirit. I was actually very surprised when I watched this, and it has admittedly left me a little speechless.
In essence, McLaren is trying to slap God back onto the nones. So instead of simply admitting that there is a disconnect between the church and the nones, he chalks it up to God’s will. The church is doing something wrong, he says, and the nones are actually doing the right thing by leaving.
Certainly the church is not perfect, and Christians would say nothing happens outside of God’s control, but I wonder how many would agree with McLaren’s interpretation of the rising nones.