Irreligion is the absence of religion, or contempt of it, as well as worldliness, ungodliness, profaneness, and impiety. It encompasses a variety of terms, including atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, as well as sectors of unaffiliation.
- Dictionary of English Language Exhibiting Orthography, Pronunciation and Definition of Words. Nabu Press. Retrieved on 2010-12-02. “Irreligion, ir-re-lij'-un, s. 26-7, 32. Absence of religion, or contempt of it; worldliness; unglodliness; profaneness; impiety. H., irreli-gionist (one without r., or who despises it), s.90.”
- Arnold James Cooley. Religion in the Contemporary South: Changes, Continuities, and Contexts. University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved on 2010-12-02. “Unaffiliated persons are not necessarily hostile to religion or even irreligious. Yet, as the proportion of unaffiliated persons grows, it will be increasingly difficult to assume that there is a religious base, such as Reed's orthodox Protestant consensus, supporting southern culture.”