Interesting article in the National Times about the state of religion in Australia. Though it does come to a rather banal conclusion:
So, what should the churches do? All would love to see more people come through their doors, but no matter what they do, most Australians – and in particular, most Australian men – simply sidle away again. Perhaps ministers should talk less about belief, and more about belonging. Perhaps they should not present their teachings as cut and dried. Perhaps they should say, ”We don’t know the answers either, but we are all in this together”. They have a good story to tell. The message of Christ is arguably too beautiful, improbable and compelling to be forgotten. As Geoffrey Blainey wrote in his wonderful A Short History of Christianity, Jesus is easily the most influential person in the history of the world. Provided they can find their own way into his ideas, people will still be thinking, talking and writing about this extraordinary man for centuries to come.