Australians are walking out of churches and getting on with life without God.
The figures, released today, revealed that 3,706,557 Australians – or 19 per
cent – said they had no religion on Census night last year, which was 3 per
cent more than the 2001 figure of 2,905,993.
Christians still make up the majority of Australians who claim a religion but other religions are growing in popularity.
Christianity is still the dominant religion, with 12.7 million
followers nationwide. But as a proportion of the population, Christianity
dipped from 71 per cent to 64 per cent.
The number of Buddhists has doubled to nearly 2 per cent of the
population, while Hinduism has also doubled in popularity since 1996 to now
account for 0.7 per cent.
Do people no longer feel a need for connection with God? Are our churches failing to impact the nation? Does the decline in those who claim to follow a religion mean that there’s less interest in spirtuality or simply less interest in what some would see as a rigid set of beliefs?
I’d really enjoy hearing your thoughts on the census information. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section of this post.
Posted by Rodney Olsen
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