Australians Losing Their Faith

Australia is an odd country in terms of church/state relationships. We have govt. funding for a school chaplains program (staffed mainly by evangelicals), yet we are one of the most secular countries in the world. Australia has more Buddhists than Baptists!

In the latest issue of WSJ, there is a piece on Australians losing their faith based on statistics from the 2011 census.

Australia is turning its back on religion.

That’s the latest finding from a census completed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which shows more than one-fifth of the nation’s 21.5 million inhabitants now claim to follow no religion at all.

Compare that with the first census taken a century ago, when a broadly similar grouping—including agnostics and atheists—made up just 0.3% of the 4.5 million population. Or with the U.S., where a comparable 2008 survey found just 1.5% claiming not to follow a faith.

The biggest area of decline is among the 20-35 year olds, who are the largest group for having “no religion.”

To be sure, Christianity remains the dominant religious category by far in the census—with a hefty 13.2 million followers. However, it now accounts for only 61% of the population, compared with 96% in the 1911 census. The findings echo surveys that depict a sharp drop-off in church attendance.

Australia is a land of self-made men who love to worship their creator!


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  • Guest

    Converting to Christianity is to be born again. People who are God-graced enough to see the reality of life without hanging on to lame beliefs, come to Christ. And coming to Christ is eternal life.

    • Asa

      What is is the main precept of Christianity, Just believing is blind faith. Muslim say believe on Allah, as he is the greatest. But, Buddhism is different, it invites to the wisdom of human. Loard Buddha said;
      “Do not belive in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

      Anyway Christians are more peace loving than Muslims, due to the freedom in christain culture.