In the 2016 Census more than 50% of Australians classified themselves as
Christian and just over 8% identified as followers of non-Christian religions.
Does this surprise you? Do you think Australians are still practicing
Christians? Would you classify Australia as a religious country?
Posted by on 29 Jun 2020
Yes it is believeable. I find that most of the human populous is made up of
ignorant morons who cannot see the logical sense in something. This only appears
to be getting worse.
A great deal of different churches will call themselves Christians but in
reality they are not practicing Christians. In reality Christians are not
practicing religious acts. As i was told that Christianity is not a religion but
its a born again experience with our lord and learning to live life that comes
into his rightful ways. Thats not to say that yes the are some true Christians
in non christian or Pentecostal church , they just might not show it in a church
I am an atheist after being indoctrinated into the christian religion as a
child. Many of my friends espouse christian ideals but do not apply them to
their daily life and do not attend church. I think most Australians are
indoctrinated as children and do not question that belief. More are turning
away from religion and I would think that it is only a matter of time before the
majority no longer believe, if that is not already the case.
We are a mix of of religious and unreligious. Many prefer to say they are
spiritual. There are many religious schools but I don't know to what extent
religion is taught and practiced there. Hillsong and their associated
Pentecostal churches has a large popular following with pop cds marketed.eg.Guy
Sebastian and an alliance with him and our PM Morrison is visible on tv. I don't
know what percentage of their congregation adhere devoutly to moral principles
or how many just take part for the fun of it.
I'm sorry, Jannette, but I am one of the 42% who do not ascribe to any religion.
There is no "they". You have ceased to "practise" as I have, though for
possibly different reasons. Every person has the right to follow their own
beliefs, and every person is responsible for following those belies or not. So,
please, accept the differences in beliefs and concentrate on what you do and
what you believe. As the Mahatma, Ghandi, said, "Be the change you wish to see
in this world.
Maybe our older generations were true practising Aussie Christians,I believe
their is God but I no longer practise the religion.
This Country is so far from been religious,its a real shame.They have removed
God from schools,motels,work places.No choice left- its now a selfish
country,everyone is in it for themselves or for recognition(fame,money).
I dont believe in door knocking or parading about God,Jesus,the Bible.I believe
you will know when the time is right to speak about your faith.
Some people believe in a higher power whatever it may be to them.
I would not classify myself as a religious person, I believe that Australia is
basically a Christian society, based on Christian norms and values.
That being said, I am totally against ANYONE having the right (or the belief
that they have the right) to force their religious or ethnic beliefs onto me or
I have no issue with people living within their personal beliefs, as long as
they don’t expect me or society to change to accommodate or enforce these
beliefs - if that’s what they want, then there are plenty of other countries
that will accommodate their desires
A number of people I know are feeling stressed at this time. If you are, connect
with a local church for care and support. You can do this online while churches
are observing government regulations in relation to covid virus.
I like to think I am a Christian. trying to Follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus. A
lot of people I know don't believe in Jesus, That's their problem but when I go
to Sunday morning worship service it's to honour Jesus and the cross on which
the was crucified for us all.
A lot of people classify themselves as Christians even though they don’t
practice it. I’m saying this based on conversations I’ve with different
people. Someone in their family do go to church and have faith in it so most
people just automatically classify themselves as being a Christian as well.
I personally see Australia as an un-Godly country. We have taken God out of our
lives, out of our schools, etc. If you are a Christian or aliegn yourself with
another other faith, you need to live it, not pay lip service.
We have allowed the things of this world to become our gods, eg - the sport
stars, the movie stars, singers, etc - many of which have sold their souls to
the devil. They partake in the description below, yet so many people are so
blind to their evil. (Sorry, it will be graphic but people need to know, Trump
& team are in the midst of destroying this all now - whether you want to believe
it or not it is, sadly real. Thankfully large majority of children are getting
Worldwide, children are stolen and sold to elite paedeophile rings. They are
tortured, raped and murdered as part of santic ritual cermonies. The murderers
than drink the children’s blood and they eat their flesh. The blood of
children who were serverly traumatisd before they died, contains Adrenochrome:
a natural drug produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Adrenochrome is the
highest valued drug in the world. The God these people serve is Satan (aka,
devil/lucifier/balal/baphomet/whatever you want to call him) It’s not a God
of Love and Mercy…… Even if you do not believe in The One True Living God
and Satan, it is irrelevant, they do!
I believe there has been a massive shift of late. With the exception of
The child abuse that manifested from church groups/religion has made many pull
away. I doubt people will forgive. The older generations will hold on...past
that mostly will be agnostic.
Personally i am not maybe more spiritual.
There is a difference between Religious and Spiritual, imo most Australians are
open to Spiritual acceptance. Interesting to note most respondents link Religion
to Christianity, no mention of the many other forms of worship. Love, light and
Blessings to all.
After a recent bad fall in my home town and had to wait half hour for an
ambulance I had a strong sense of a spiritual presence and after fainting had a
surreal experience which acknowledges religion is strong. Try praying for a
situation to change in your life, be patient and look for the positives, your
answer will come.
KEEP FAITH ALIVE TO BE SAVED FROM THE CURRUPTION OF THIS LIFE.
People may not follow a certain religion, but
I do feel most feel a Universal understanding
that created this world. People may not actually pray for answers or guidance,
Hope for a solution to problems . eg Covid19
Not any more, amongst 'old white' Australians religious observance has been
falling since I was born. My religious observance barely survived high school
and died at University. None of y immediate family are anything now. Thinking of
my circle of friends I think their situation is similar. If everyone was honest
I think 'No Religion' would top the census question. Unfortunately I think a lot
of people put something to be more socially acceptable.
Many Australians would call themselves Christians but do not actually believe in
God or do not practice it, many schools or work places have the idea that most
Australians are Christians, whereas normally it is just parents putting down
what they are.
Depends on demographic. Older Australians 80 plus appear too still hold a torch.
This being the white Anglo and Western Europeans
With a very mixed race it is hard too analyse without looking at Abs stats!
Our Muslim and Seik population still hold faith along with most in Jewish
I'm personally a spiritualist.
don't believe in the old or new testament. But have an inexplicable believe in
humanities ability to connect on higher levels.
I think most people believe in a God but don't practise religion. Children are
not always attending Sunday school and adults are not attending church, unless
they have a religious ethic. Weddings are often performed in a park or some
recreational reserve rather than a church these days. Religion is not drummed
into us like it once was. Times have changed.
i think the funnyest thing about religion is people think there God or Jesus
like police politicians queen or there holy yerrr right i see them walking for
miles nailed to a cross my be hard for some people
Many people were in churches till covid hit people prayed for the virus to be
stopped or a cure no answer people stopped going to the churches
In short people are loosing there believe in any god or religious believe
No stretchly. We did not stop going to Church or lose our beliefs because there
has not been a cure for COVID19. We stopped going to Church during the pandemic
because many Churches were closed or had restrictions on the number of people
who could attend during COVID19. Personally I stopped going to Church during
the pandemic because I am immunocompromised and we have many tourists come to
our town, so I can't take the risk of catching COVID19. However, I still pray
daily at home and watch Mass on TV every Sunday, as do many others and my belief
in God is as strong as ever.
The term Christianity can be subjective. Many class themselves as Christians
although they do not attend Church or necessarily believe in 'God'but do believe
in the values that Christinity reflects - honesty, empathy, kindness,
forgiveness, non-judgemental etc, treating others as you would like to be
Ronald , that would apply to all religious extremists regardless of which faith,
it might be time to encourage more to be humanist rather than "organized"
religions and learn all humans are . . . .believe it or not humans! regardless
of colour, ethnicity, socio economic status and so on,
There is a distinct difference between religion and faith. There is ample
scientific evidence to support many of the writings both in the bible and not
included, to confirm that events did happen, although as with anything, some of
this can be open to interpretation. At the end of the day, if someone has faith,
then they feel they have a purpose and that in itself is not such a bad thing.
It is changing as the more enlightened and educated the society becomes, to
question and look for any evidence to support the religious texts. Ethics should
be a required subject in all schools to teach the young critical thinking and
the history of all religions not be indoctrinated into one line of belief.
the religous texts are the evidence . the bible is a collection of historic
documents written by witnesses in the lifetime of other witnesses who recorded
supernatural events about the life of christ and those who foretold of his
existance before he did actually exist and live .christ set the example for all
of us who wish to be decent,moral and just people
as it should be ,fantastic to hear some who heard christs message.churches are
an opinion of what other people want us to do not always gods idea and word.they
want us to worship the church,whitchever one rather than christ wno is,was and
always will be GOD
I think Australia has always had a culture of helping out someone in need. Covit
19, the bushfires have all provided ample evidence of this. My opinion is that
we are Christian in our actions, thoughts and treatment of others. Is this
religious? I'm not sure
and if the current health situation worsens then my bet is more of us will
become 'religious' ! Just look at what happened to Church attendances in NYC
after 911. Most of us are followers and the herd mentality usually occurs.
That's why in an absolute crisis you need strong leaders eg.
Churchill,Roosevelt, Truman, DeGaulle, Stalin,Curtin et al. Strong leaders often
make unpopular but necessary decisions apart from Uncle Joe's Party Purges!
4 yrs ago hey.....Hmmmm
So 41.9% Guessing declared as actual Practising/Attending a “place of
worship” (I suppose most weeks) with a congregation & all that other
stuff..Minister,Chaplain,Pastor etc, as in those types of “Christians”??
1st Q...Not really TBH, I believe easily half the population, would declare
themselves as “Religious” in some way or another, regardless of
2nd Q... Not really.
& Lastly...Yes I would.
Thinking I’m more leaning towards the below response in summary. Except I
believe...Hope dies last.....Unless your silly enough to place faith in the
wrong place to begin with, or even worse within that same place again, as
that’s when you become the fool, before that, generally “they” were the
fool to begin with.
That’s my not University Trained answer.....Yes I said that, ‘tis my
response to a rather vaguely stated question, with some almost clearly defined
I’d certainly state, regardless of territory also....
I’m religious not defining myself as a “Christian” or of any other
significant religiously declared following/group of any sort.
Secondly I’d definitely declare that Oz is a spiritual place, many have
spirits also, I’m quite sure of that !!!
With respect, football fans are religious
With respect you need to know there is a difference between religious and
as I said football fans, scientists etc can be more religious than people of
faith in a higher being, creator etc.
This question is actual not a question it appears to be written by a university
All people are not religious but all people have FAITH in some belief system.
And no I am not surprised
WITHOUT HOPE people perish.
I don't think you have to believe in a God to be a good decent person.
I see many religious people who are nasty, vindictive and judgemental. I have
met many hypocritical people who go to Church every Sunday or pray to their God
or whatever who show a face that they are good and yet they are far from it.
Some are overly religious to the point of being brainwashed. Others have had a
religions upbringing but have walked away from the practice of attending church.
Spiritualism and believing in something after death, is soothing while providing
life direction for many. Whether one believes or not, is a private decision that
should not be forced onto others.
Being religious is not as important as having faith in something and being a
good human being. You can be religious or atheist. If you are a good human being
and believe in Co-existence and have tolerance and belief of living peacefully
and letting others live. You are playing your part well. I have seen many places
of worship across Australia, I have seen lot of people frequenting these places
too. I am not the one to decide if Australia is a religious country.
Yes I'd reckon Oz is a 'religious' country
Regardless of what you might think most of the Western World's laws are based
on the 10 Commandments of Moses. And yes we don't always abide by them but if we
did there would be one helluva lot less problems in the human world. Some argue
that loss of these basic values are what causes the world's problems.
No most of the worlds problems stem from power hungry people who often use
religion to manipulate the masses.
I agree if you want to believe in a God that is your right. I do not believe it
is a persons right to kill or maim someone because they do not believe in their
form of religion.
I have met a few families that are Christian and Catholic but I would say that
most Australians just go about doing their own thing.
My experience with Australians that resonates most with me is that there isn't
really a sense of fellowship within the communities I've lived in,in a religious
The millenials are much more open to the idea that religion and a higher
spirituality aren't necessarily the same and are willing to look outside the
confines of traditional worship to find their true purpose.
I hope not, religion is one of the biggest cons of all time, where are they
hiding now, during the virus, these so-call places of worship are one of the
main sources of spreading this virus, most look down on women, which if they
don't know are more that half of the population, there are so many pieces of the
cross in the world we could build bridge to the moon, women and girls are
something to be used and abused, one country allowed women to drive a few years
ago, waiting for the world to pat them on the back, what for catching up with
rest of us, make religion history, where it belongs,
At the last Census, the highest number of respondents referred to themselves as
More and more people seem to be wanting to raise their children without any
religious affiliation yet I find it intriguing that they still wish to observe
Christmas, Easter and anything else that gives them a day off.
I was raised a Catholic and my mother was a very strict Catholic. After leaving
home at the age of 15 I walked away from the church. Several years later and
much to my surprise, my mother also walked away.
I consider myself non-denominational.
Science has proven that every atom in existence contains consciousness.
I find it utterly ridiculous that people claim this thing called "god" is
focussed into one point in the form of a man.
I was Christened as Church of England so I say I am Christian however, I am NOT
a practising Christian.. I am more into Spiritual than Church based .. I
believe in things that are frowned on by some churches, like Life after Death,
Reincarnation. Spirits from the afterworld.. Psychics, Mediums... I also
believe in help from Angels and the Spirit of the Universe..
I believe Australia is religious to a degree. Both my Wife and I are Catholic
and religious, but respect everyone’s right to their beliefs. God made the
world and this is why it is in a moment of trial because it forgot and abandoned
White Australia was based on the English Church, The break away from the Church
First Australians have the dream time.
Those who came later the larger numbers where Christian.
Most Australians don't wave a banner about being a Christian where as the newer
beliefs to Australia do.
Push comes to shove the Aussie will say they are Christian.
With being a Christian many do not push their beliefs down ones throat, where
we find the new beliefs never seem to understand ones choice of belief.
It seems if you do not believe like they do then you are evil and must be
destroyed/killed. in the name of their belief.
Not quite... the Eastern Orthodox Church was the first to break from the Church
of Rome. This occurred after the Catholics altered substantially the original
scriptures progressively over generations, but the Russians & other nearby
countries kept the old texts, called them out on it, forced them to admit it &
tried for a reformation. The Catholics wouldn't have it & forced them to create
a new church. There were many attempts at reformation over the centuries, but
the most memorable being Martin Luther's Reformation in Germany, backed by the
people & the governments there (thus resulting in Protestantism and many
denominations falling under that umbrella). The Church of England was started by
King Henry the Eighth & based almost entirely on Martin Luther's works.
According to our embassy's websites from European countries such as Germany,
Holland, France, etc, their peoples colonised Australia simultaneously with the
British, who were not necessarily Church of England (Anglican). The Irish were
predominately Catholic, the Scottish were Presbyterian and there were many
others besides - Deism was also popular at the time along with Freemasonry.
Australia is a secular country, the freedom to practice any or no religion so
long as you are not harming others. I think people believe that we are “a
Christian Country” but I don’t agree. Religion shouldn’t be involved in
politics. Let people live their own lives.
People are people. They all believe something about spirituality even though
they may never have articulated it. Christianity is the largest religion in
Australia but people still identify themselves by their own personal persuasion.
How many Christians are actively trying to follow Jesus and his teaching about
love compared to their own definition of right and wrong? Maybe it's worth a
For most Australians, religions are somewhat like sporting teams - you support
the one your parents did.
However if people truly looked at their beliefs and behaviours, most
"Christians" would no longer associate themselves as such.
It is time that organised religion was replaced with personalised spirituality.
Interesting comments by people who appear to speak from their own bias but
statics (not census) overall church going people are dwindling compared to
population so the population overall is moving away from the established
Idon't think alot of people are practising religious/Christian. I know very few
people who go to church. I would say most people just believe in "God" in some
way but don't know anything else much about Christianity. Myself... non
I Googled the question and the percentages are amazing. the most dominating are
Anglican 13.3% and Catholic 22.6%
Definatly worth exploring for anyone reading this who are very secular in their
ways. Ask yourself a question, do you want to see the light or the dark after
Both my husband and I are Catholic and very religious and do our best not to
offend others that may not be but just ask for respect. I work as a volunteer in
a Catholic organization but not all volunteers are religious in their ways and
will correct anyone who uses the Lords name in vain. Totally respect other
religions as they are even though we may not agree with their ways but don't
make it too obvious. My husband loves a good debate with the JWs when they come
door knocking although we don't get it much in the country as what we did in the
Yes, I believe Australia is religious to a degree. We class ourselves as a
Christian nation, we also respect other religions. You do not have to be a
openly practicing Christian Ie; attending church regularly, to be religious.
Without religion there would be very little to believe in. Religion gives us
our own set of rules by which to live, it gives us order in our lives.
Again arrogance regarding religion having the moral high ground. Why would you
think that only religion can give one a set of rules to live by. I was taught
right from wrong, respect for myself and others, acceptance of people and so on.
No religion involved just great parents.
I don't think a country should be associated with any religion, we are a
multicultural society and globally we are becoming multi cultural too so to put
a country in a box and call it one religion is stupid IMO. Currently we have an
evangelist running the country so do we call it an evangelist country?
I think that there are religious people and people who are not religious. I like
to think that Australia is a Christian country and that people believe in a
Creator, We need God more than ever in our lives.
I find it very narrow Dalamar that your thoughts go immediately to " Nuns /
Priests, " the question is Are Australians Religious ?
Why do you single out the wicked behaviour of a ( small ,) percentage of
Catholic Religious as so often happens even in the media , when it is a well
known fact that Perverts are found in all sects and walks of life Christian &
Non Christian .
My advice to you is to stick to the question !!!
I find it very sad that you think like that Dalamar. There are many very good
priests and nuns around. Sure there were some bad ones, but there are good and
bad in all professions. You wouldn't stop going to the doctor or not believe in
medicine because a few doctors have been found to have done the wrong thing.
I think everyone has an inherent feeling that there is a God. There had to be a
mastermind behind the creation of the human body for example. However now days
religion seems to have taken a back seat. People don't attend church as a
routine any more and I think religion is not practiced as it once was. Very few
people are practicing Christians compared with 30 odd years ago.
No, Annbee, some of us only believe in things for which there is evidence.
Provable evidence. Your thinking there has to be a mastermind is not evidence.
Science doesn't care what we think, just what can be proved.
Below is a quote I believe completely.
“For years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our
government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe
He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His
protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
― Anne Graham
We reap what we sew, and seeing as we are sewing very little to nothing, is it
any wonder Australia and the world are suffering?
You are so correct Giuliana and there is proof of this in the world today! We
as a country are no longer living for God, but for ourselves, and that is why
there is so much hatred and crime, etc. How many people are truly happy,
thoughtful or neighbourly? How many families are together, etc. God is
everyone's creator and all will answer only to Him, whether you believe or not,
is up to you, but I will always believe in Him who loves us all!
Less and less so
I've been atheist for as long as I remember. I don't know a single church goer
apart from an aunt who in her 60s. Even then, she much more lax than years ago.
I see it as a great thing, religion just divides, breeds hate, discrimination,
sexism and homophobia. Not to menti okn the high proportion of pedofiles who use
religion to hide behind and religion allows it
Less & less so over the years - it constantly increases year on year too. The
'religion' questions are all totally optional & as such, in 2011, 1.8 million
people left the question blank - legally. The 'no religion' box appeared at the
top in 2016 as more & more people each year are choosing this option. In 2001 it
was 15.1%, in 2006 it was 18.7%, in 2011 it was 22.3%, in 2016 it was 30%. In
2001, 73000 people put "Jedi" as their religion, making it the 16th largest
category at the time. Church attendance numbers are falling over the years too.
The majority who responded that they were Christian only attended church for
Christmas, Easter, Weddings & funerals instead of once a week or more often, as
is the case in the USA.
No, because these holidays are commercial rather than religious. There is very
little left of religion in christmas, especially with the moslems objecting to
christian imagery around it. It is now just a time for getting together and
Who defines what they mean for non Christian families. Christmas is Santa day
here, we have no religious influence in it. My 10 yr old wouldn't even know the
religious history. Easter is chocolate day, a time to relax, again no need for
Plus, I'd happily work holidays at the extra pay rate, got a job for me?
Less and less, thank g........whatever. I'm surprised too at the low moslem
percentage. I'm always surprised at the high level of people who claim to be
christians. I don't believe it. Was there a "no religion" option for people
who want to be honest about their lack of belief? 42% by these figures.
I’m unable to go to Church but I do believe in a Higher Power and say my
prayers every day. I believe a lot of people do. To me there is only one God, he
comes under a lot of different names, but only the one God.
If I remember correctly, they changed the order of the questions around so that
the first question was “do you identify as a non-Christian” whereas in past
surveys (census) this was the last question on the list. Therefore the “donkey
vote” people just tick the first box which may have inflated the 8% figure…
Concerning religion there appears to be a decline in Christian
religion,Catholics, Anglicans, Uniting however with Multiculturalism there is an
increase in the many denominations now present in Australia so it may not show a
decline but an explosion of many religions.increasing.
Yes , i believe we are , unlike the good old days when the family went to church
and came home to a roast dinner lunch . The formality has gone and on face value
it doesn't look like we are religious . There are a few obstacles that we face ,
like the bad press of the Catholic church , evangelists who pop up everywhere .
But the modern day church is a lot less formal , with younger pastors , a live
band and a more open approach to faith . You won't see too many catholic
churches building , as they already have the prime land and they're the largest
corporation in the world . Muslims generally keep to themselves and i think we
have all come to respect their faith , even if we don't agree with them . The
last POTUS is a muslim . I do get concerned with the other religions or the
evangelists and scientology which is all money driven , yet people support them
and happily contribute to their funding . I found it amusing that one US
evangelist wanted followers to contribute more generously , in order that the
pastor could purchase a new private plane , so he could be closer to god ! He
will be if it crashes .
Very surprised seeing as a large number of new migrants are Muslims. I see new
mosques going up in several areas, don't see many new churches being built. As
the census is 4 years out of date I'd question those figures.
Australian are religious. Specially people coming from Europe, Middle East tend
to go to their temples and churches regularly. 3rd 4th Generation of White
Australians do not go to Churches often, but they believe and do good things,
charitable, help others. They believe in God. I think Native Australian has no
religion as such, but they have the oldest laws which elders teach the young
I believe that the majority of Australian's are religious
.Especially us older people that were brought up with rules based on old
For example I still call myself a Christian even though I do not attend church,
and cannot put up with the symbolism and rituals that most religions
I feel very sorry for our younger generations that wish to destroy our values
and create a utopian hell.
Perhaps a new religion needs to be created that can adopt some of the good
values of Christianity, Budhism and Islamism and remove most of the bad and
unnecessary practices followed by some parts of these religions.
But most of all we must learn to accept that none of us are perfect or
representatives of gods.
Civil power must be in the hands of civil people and our civilisation has to
learn how to not overpopulate, and destroy our wold.