Are Australians Religious?


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

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    Tas

    Not very many of my friends are

    Posted by Tas on 14 Jul 2020

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    Apostle

    many are christians and so follow Christ.

    Posted by Apostle on 14 Jul 2020

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    Karen

    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 sector 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.

    Posted by Karen on 14 Jul 2020

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    Annbee

    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.

    Posted by Annbee on 13 Jul 2020

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    Anthony

    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

    Posted by Anthony on 13 Jul 2020

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    stretchly

    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

    Posted by stretchly on 13 Jul 2020

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    bronwyn

    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 treated.

    Posted by bronwyn on 12 Jul 2020

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    David

    Australians are Christian in name only, any study of the Bible would show they have have no idea of what is expected of them if they were really religious!

    Posted by David on 12 Jul 2020

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    Phil_k

    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.

    Posted by Phil_k on 09 Jul 2020

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    Anne

    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.

    Posted by Anne on 09 Jul 2020

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    Markus

    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

    Posted by Markus on 10 Jul 2020

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    algemyone

    Like Luke, who wrote his gospel 70 years after Christ is supposed to have died? The Bible is NOT a historic document. It is a collection of myths and legends, some of which have a historical setting.

    Posted by algemyone on 13 Jul 2020

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    Christine

    Yes to some extent

    Posted by Christine on 09 Jul 2020

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    Harry

    Australia has apparently 196 registered religions (for tax purposes). How can you believe in any of them - they can't all be right?

    Posted by Harry on 09 Jul 2020

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    JENNY

    I am a Christian and believe in God but do not attend church.

    Posted by JENNY on 08 Jul 2020

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    Markus

    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

    Posted by Markus on 10 Jul 2020

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    JENNY

    I'm a Christian and believe in God but do not attend church.

    Posted by JENNY on 08 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    Jenny Christ died for us he gave up his earthly body for us can we not give up one morning a week to let him no we are grateful

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    LIFESGOOD

    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

    Posted by LIFESGOOD on 08 Jul 2020

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    Brad

    Only when it suits them .

    Posted by Brad on 07 Jul 2020

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    oakie

    Yes I do believe they are ........

    Posted by oakie on 07 Jul 2020

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    m

    No, most churches, if they ever open on Sundays now, don't have more than a handful of worshippers attending.

    Posted by m on 07 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    not so here in WA the churches are full

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    Ria

    No most Australians are not religious, they can say whatever they like on a census form but just look how they behave and you will see they don;t act like Christians

    Posted by Ria on 07 Jul 2020

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    Apostle

    yes definately

    Posted by Apostle on 06 Jul 2020

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    mact

    Yup.. 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!

    Posted by mact on 06 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    we are stronger as a nation when we pray an worship GOD

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    NotMe!

    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 Ethnicity. 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 percentages noted......HOWEVER..... 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 !!!

    Posted by NotMe! on 06 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    the bible tells us by their sprite you will no them

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    christina

    i am a christian ,I go to salvation army church

    Posted by christina on 06 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    well done i attend church every week and enjoy my self

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    Not_A_DoDo

    With respect, football fans are religious With respect you need to know there is a difference between religious and faith. 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. ENJOY

    Posted by Not_A_DoDo on 06 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    with out faith in God we are with out hope

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    Debra

    I'm happy to do the questions and I'm a salvation army and I believe that it's up to intervals on what christalty they are

    Posted by Debra on 06 Jul 2020

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    Stella del Mattino

    All I can say is, I'm not religious, but I respect everyone else. Yet, I see a lot of non-religious, really attacking others. All in all, no, Australia doesn't look religious nor spiritual at all

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 05 Jul 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 05 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    by Grace we are save not by being a good person

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    Skysong

    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.

    Posted by Skysong on 05 Jul 2020

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    happier

    the 10 commandments were given to people of "old" to show them and us how hard it is to be perfect

    Posted by happier on 05 Jul 2020

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    Sukh

    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.

    Posted by Sukh on 05 Jul 2020

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    mact

    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.

    Posted by mact on 05 Jul 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 05 Jul 2020

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    Conrad

    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 sense. 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.

    Posted by Conrad on 04 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    God is the answer not religion

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    lordofthekitchen

    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,

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 04 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    wow are you off the mark look God not religion its the people not God who abuses others i will be praying for you

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    Aussie5

    I am sorry that something happened to make you so bitter. I hope that things improve soon.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 07 Jul 2020

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    adamfromoz

    At the last Census, the highest number of respondents referred to themselves as "no religion". 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.

    Posted by adamfromoz on 04 Jul 2020

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    flyhigher

    God is the greatest scientist

    Posted by flyhigher on 12 Jul 2020

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    ladytiger

    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..

    Posted by ladytiger on 04 Jul 2020

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    Thomas

    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 God.

    Posted by Thomas on 04 Jul 2020

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    Old Man

    White Australia was based on the English Church, The break away from the Church of Rome.. 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.

    Posted by Old Man on 04 Jul 2020

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    vegandelight

    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.

    Posted by vegandelight on 07 Jul 2020

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    Joel

    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.

    Posted by Joel on 04 Jul 2020

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    Marguerite

    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 survey?

    Posted by Marguerite on 04 Jul 2020

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    Tod

    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.

    Posted by Tod on 04 Jul 2020

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    geoff

    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 churches.

    Posted by geoff on 03 Jul 2020

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    Neil

    Australian's are probably the most unreligious nation on Earth, to the point it is mocked by the media.

    Posted by Neil on 03 Jul 2020

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    Alison

    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 religious.

    Posted by Alison on 03 Jul 2020

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    Frederick

    Only when it suits to be homophobic or racist

    Posted by Frederick on 03 Jul 2020

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    johnno

    I am not overly religious, but respect everyone’s right to their beliefs. BUT, I do not accept that anyone has the right to force their religious beliefs onto anyone else in the Australian community.

    Posted by johnno on 03 Jul 2020

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    mapache

    Many Australians identify with religions on the census but have no practicing involvement or belief.

    Posted by mapache on 03 Jul 2020

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    she cat

    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 death?

    Posted by she cat on 03 Jul 2020

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    squeekums1

    Once you die, your worm food or ashes We have literally no scientific proof otherwise

    Posted by squeekums1 on 05 Jul 2020

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    she cat

    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 city suburbs.

    Posted by she cat on 03 Jul 2020

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    algemyone

    But do you respect non-religious people's opinions? Most christians don't. If you want to believe in life after death, that's your business. Not mine.

    Posted by algemyone on 03 Jul 2020

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    nickname2013

    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.

    Posted by nickname2013 on 03 Jul 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 05 Jul 2020

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    musicveg

    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?

    Posted by musicveg on 02 Jul 2020

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    chocogirl21

    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.

    Posted by chocogirl21 on 02 Jul 2020

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    sherry007

    It is claimed we are a christian country but only about a third would be practing christians

    Posted by sherry007 on 02 Jul 2020

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    Imad

    I prefer from my opinion to classify Australia as a Christian country and I think this is fact.

    Posted by Imad on 02 Jul 2020

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    Joseph

    No! Australia Not a religious Country

    Posted by Joseph on 02 Jul 2020

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    Ed

    Says Joseph with a very Judeo-Christian name! Haha

    Posted by Ed on 02 Jul 2020

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    John

    Probably not as many practicing or believing as there used to be as people are realising that religion divides communities.

    Posted by John on 02 Jul 2020

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    Ed

    Just like politics, sex and many other things.

    Posted by Ed on 02 Jul 2020

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    Trevor

    I think a majority of the country has some form of religious beliefs the others would have prayed to a god of any type at some point in time

    Posted by Trevor on 02 Jul 2020

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    No prerefrence

    Some of them are. Others are decidedly irreligious.

    Posted by No prerefrence on 02 Jul 2020

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    Dalamar

    Not like the nuns of persecution or priests of perversion.Might have something to do with loss of religious beliefs.

    Posted by Dalamar on 02 Jul 2020

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    Horn

    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 !!!

    Posted by Horn on 02 Jul 2020

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    Skysong

    Not all nuns and priests are catholic. Some are Anglican and Buddhist

    Posted by Skysong on 05 Jul 2020

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    Aussie5

    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.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 02 Jul 2020

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    Annbee

    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.

    Posted by Annbee on 02 Jul 2020

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    coaster

    No not everyone believes there is a God.

    Posted by coaster on 05 Jul 2020

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    algemyone

    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.

    Posted by algemyone on 03 Jul 2020

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    Giuliana

    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?

    Posted by Giuliana on 02 Jul 2020

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    Vivienne

    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!

    Posted by Vivienne on 03 Jul 2020

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    chocogirl21

    How very true Giulina. God bless you.

    Posted by chocogirl21 on 02 Jul 2020

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    Ralph

    Not as much as it use to be.

    Posted by Ralph on 02 Jul 2020

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    Austin

    yes majority still are

    Posted by Austin on 02 Jul 2020

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    squeekums1

    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

    Posted by squeekums1 on 01 Jul 2020

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    vegandelight

    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.

    Posted by vegandelight on 01 Jul 2020

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    musicveg

    It may also be possible that many who are different religions maybe afraid of persecution so therefore tick "no religion" or just simply don't want the Government to know how many of them there are.

    Posted by musicveg on 02 Jul 2020

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    amtaffy

    They are practicing religion but not Christianity.

    Posted by amtaffy on 01 Jul 2020

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    Who? Me?

    Some do but there are those who choose not to but I don't see them saying no, I'm not going to work through the Easter and Christmas holidays. Doesn't that make them hypocrites?

    Posted by Who? Me? on 01 Jul 2020

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    algemyone

    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 gift giving.

    Posted by algemyone on 03 Jul 2020

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    squeekums1

    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 religious influence Plus, I'd happily work holidays at the extra pay rate, got a job for me?

    Posted by squeekums1 on 01 Jul 2020

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    Acid-Rain

    nope, biggest hoax of all time. however i don't care if other people believe, that is their choice, I would say it's probably about 55% believing & 45% not

    Posted by Acid-Rain on 01 Jul 2020

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    Peppa21NY

    I am as for the rest of Australians I think it's 50/50

    Posted by Peppa21NY on 01 Jul 2020

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    Larry

    Well I'm not Not sure about the rest of Australians

    Posted by Larry on 01 Jul 2020

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    algemyone

    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.

    Posted by algemyone on 01 Jul 2020

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    musicveg

    There may be a lot more Muslims but don't want the Government to know, and many others ticking no religion for fear of persecution especially if they have come from a country that has persecuted them.

    Posted by musicveg on 02 Jul 2020

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    white bird

    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.

    Posted by white bird on 01 Jul 2020

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    Ross

    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…

    Posted by Ross on 01 Jul 2020

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    Barry

    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.

    Posted by Barry on 01 Jul 2020

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    robert

    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 .

    Posted by robert on 30 Jun 2020

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    musicveg

    And Scientology that calls themselves a religion when they are a cult.

    Posted by musicveg on 02 Jul 2020

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    ere

    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.

    Posted by ere on 29 Jun 2020

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    Padma

    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 people.

    Posted by Padma on 01 Jul 2020

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    Robot37

    I believe that the majority of Australian's are religious .Especially us older people that were brought up with rules based on old religious values. 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 practice. 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.

    Posted by Robot37 on 02 Jul 2020

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