Is Australia a Religious Country?


Religion has been a hot topic recently and whether or not Australia is a religious country is up for debate. In 1966, 88% of Australians classified themselves as Christian, in 2017 that number was 52%. The number of school students opting out of scripture classes is also at an all time high yet out Prime Minister recently sent his ‘thoughts and prayers’ to an Australian being held in North Korea. What do you think LiveTribers? Is Australia a religious country? Do you consider yourself a religious person?

Posted by on 08 Jul 2019

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    Stafsta

    I don't think Australia is a religious country.but the more people coming to Australia are bringing their religion with them so it's getting more religious and i don't like it there i sed it most won't but i will.i think we should be thinking of the aboriginal people of this country that really own this great country.

    Posted by Stafsta on 18 Jul 2019

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    Stafsta

    I've never been religious and would not start anytime soon

    Posted by Stafsta on 18 Jul 2019

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    Puran

    Religion is a kind of faith to live. Its faith of long life. Its faith of happiness. Its faith of success. Its faith of protection. Morever its faith of bright future. Every religions have same destination, same wants, same prospectus despite the difference in name and procedures So one neednot to be religious to live on the Earth. What we need is honesty, hard work, self-confidence, and the last and the best " faith on ownself". In case of Australia, people donot seem to be religious because they work theirselves and believe on their hard works. So, australia isnot religious country.

    Posted by Puran on 17 Jul 2019

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    lynette

    no i do not believe that Australia is a religious country

    Posted by lynette on 15 Jul 2019

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    Ralph

    Partly religious but mostly we have become a materialistic society.

    Posted by Ralph on 15 Jul 2019

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    Perg

    Religion in Australia has been put on ice subdued by governing bodies that in. Particular look after the Defence of our borders from afflictng terror

    Posted by Perg on 15 Jul 2019

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    Benjamin

    Religion is out dated and if you want to believe in something that realistically if you walked up to someone in the street today and said to them, " Jesus spoke to me today and saif d prepare for war against the devil", you would be laughed off and properly considered mentally I'll.

    Posted by Benjamin on 14 Jul 2019

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    Marbar9

    "Religeon" is a belief system. We, as a nation believe in many things with religious fervour, but may have no basis in biblical interpretation. Football, soccer, netball, basketball,golf, tennis, all followed religiously, even worshipped but may not be supported by many "christians". It is an interesting question and usually raises a few hackles but should not be taken too seriously.

    Posted by Marbar9 on 14 Jul 2019

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    Anthony

    If the people believing in any type of religion is declining it is no wonder. Have a look at all the major problems in the world today. Most major conflicts in the world from Arabs vs Israel to the US and Coalition vs Muslim extremest. All these conflicts are one religion believing they're the only one that should be in the world and forcing it on others or killing those who don't believe. All you have to do is look back into history and the many conflicts there, most sparked by religion. Historical documentation records hundreds and thousands of lives that have been destroyed or killed over religious disagreement. If you want my personal view I believe the Catholic Church has been and still is the biggest Mafia the world has ever seen. It comits crimes, cover-ups, intimdates people and takes from the poor to give to the rich, ie. themselves. If I have upset anyone or offended anyone that was not my intention but just to give my honest opinion and I apologise.

    Posted by Anthony on 14 Jul 2019

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    Moongold

    No need for apologies, Anthony. People today are waking up to this system, which is not Christian in fact but uses a Christian front to achieve its purposes. Highly recommend Walter Veith's videos which expose this (YouTube, or on the Amazing Discoveries website) - you need to find the Total Onslaught series and view especially the history of the Jesuits, their involvement in all world wars and conflicts, etc. We no longer live in a peaceful, safe world and the agenda for world control is of very major concern. God bless!

    Posted by Moongold on 14 Jul 2019

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    Jason

    Australia is partly religious and also traditional as well

    Posted by Jason on 14 Jul 2019

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    J

    Religious ignorance is a problem. Should be a personal choice.

    Posted by J on 14 Jul 2019

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    Moongold

    God always has given mankind free choice on Who or what they choose to serve - but it doesn't mean that they all religions are right and will or can save them or give them hope.. There is only one true God, Jesus Christ, as every one finds out if they search for Him "with all their heart" as the Bible says. If you are sincere about finding Christ , He will bring you to the point of realising this is true.

    Posted by Moongold on 14 Jul 2019

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    gypsycat

    I'm a little confused by the question - because "religious" doesn't just mean "Christian", although that seems to be the assumption in it. As a Pagan (no, Pagans don't even BELIEVE in the devil, let alone worship him - we worship nature), I believe that everyone has the right to believe what they wish. Your path is your own. And offering prayers does not necessarily mean only to the "christian" god - it could be prayers to the Goddess, or to Zeus, or Allah, or Buddha..... I consider myself spiritual. Not religious.

    Posted by gypsycat on 13 Jul 2019

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    lord mayor

    religion has taken a huge step backwards with all that has been revealed concerning the Catholic Church. many people do not trust anyone involved with the church

    Posted by lord mayor on 13 Jul 2019

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    Moongold

    And no wonder! Have you seen any of Walter Veith's videos on You Tube from his Total Onslaught series? A MUST-SEE if you want to now the TRUTH about the Papal system, its history, how it has devastated the earth with its very wrong teachings, and the plan for its future, like now! Especially watch the ones on the History of the Jesuits - you will be truly amazed. This man was a Catholic and became a Christian after decades of not getting the answers from this organisation.

    Posted by Moongold on 14 Jul 2019

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    AVA

    In times of sadness, very stressful times and hardship, people offer thoughts and prayers as a way of comforting others, and letting the person/s know, they have other's support. Personally I don't consider myself very religious, but I feel that there are times when my prayers have been answered through my own experience.

    Posted by AVA on 13 Jul 2019

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    Casey

    I think Australia was founded and based on Christianity and should continue to be so. I think God should absolutely be bought back into schools. I think the fundamental Christian morals and laws should be put back in place.

    Posted by Casey on 13 Jul 2019

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    Margaret

    I agree with you Casey .I think the emphasis must be on FUNDAMENTAL and not strict .The morals and thinking in todays social media society is sadly lacking .On the other hand I feel we mustn't fall into the trap that Europe finds itself in, where they have allowed OTHER religions too much freedom and who are therefore taking over and threatening the Christian way of life in their country

    Posted by Margaret on 15 Jul 2019

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    Nigel

    Do you mean this morality..Just about every other page in the Old Testament has God killing somebody! In 2 Kings 10:18-27, God orders the murder of all the worshipers of a different god in their very own church! In total God kills 371,186 people directly and orders another 1,862,265 people murdered The God of the Bible also allows slavery, including selling your own daughter as a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 & Isaiah 13:16), and bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9). This type of criminal behavior should shock any moral person.

    Posted by Nigel on 14 Jul 2019

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    Rebecca

    Not anymore

    Posted by Rebecca on 13 Jul 2019

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    lordofthekitchen

    I hope not, just take a look at other so called regilious countries, do we want to become them, look at Pell, this is religion, I want none of it,

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 12 Jul 2019

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    Sotomanu

    It can be. It depends on your point of view. The danger in this age is very worrying about non-Christian groups gaining in popularity. not all of these groups have our best interest at heard and are a very worrying trend.

    Posted by Sotomanu on 12 Jul 2019

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    Moongold

    Depends what you mean by religious - most Aussies are not at all interested - and this is sad to have to realise, as the true Protestant Christian, Bible-based religion gives all the answers we search for in life - where do we come from, why are we here, where are we heading, where do we find security and help, what happens when we die? Whether people like it or agree with it or not, this is the ONLY faith that does so. It's a tragedy that not only Australia but the entire world, has largely forgotten the God Who loves them and is so willing to help them and give security. All answers are, as I discovered, found in God's Word, the Bible.

    Posted by Moongold on 12 Jul 2019

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    algemyone

    ALL religions do this, not just Christianity. They all offer different answers, so take your pick! Bacchus sounds like a good god to me..........sex and wine.

    Posted by algemyone on 14 Jul 2019

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    Trevor

    Unfortunately some religious groups have been allowed to dictate to the rest of the country their beleifs are more important than the country that has welcomed them and the politicians let them do it. So the rest of the country is being bullied by minorities.

    Posted by Trevor on 12 Jul 2019

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    Jessamee

    We have become a religious war! Religious beliefs of so many cultures is defining our lives instead of supporting all Australian issues

    Posted by Jessamee on 12 Jul 2019

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    Joanna

    I believe there are still people of faith in Australia however whether the majority of Australians are religious would be unknown. I would consider myself as a person of faith who believes in Jesus and have a responsibility for others coming to know Him as their personal Saviour. Trust we as a country can respect those who have faith in Jesus.

    Posted by Joanna on 12 Jul 2019

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    George 2

    No really

    Posted by George 2 on 12 Jul 2019

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    Catkit10

    Australia no longer qualifies as a Christian country but our laws and morality were based on Judeo Christian traditions. We need to focus on a relationship with Jesus rather than churches and people.

    Posted by Catkit10 on 12 Jul 2019

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    Nigel

    Do you mean this mass murderer? Jesus will “judge and wage war” (Rev. 19:11), his robe will be “dipped in blood” (19:13), and he will be accompanied by “armies” (19:14) with which he will “strike down the nations” (19:15), including “the Gentiles” in general and “the nations that were opposed to him” in specific. This will result in the “utter destruction of all his enemies”. Furthermore: “in his second coming[,] he will complete their destruction, when he shall put down all opposing rule, principality, and power.”

    Posted by Nigel on 12 Jul 2019

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    Lesley

    I always thought that Australia had a reasonable outlook when it came to religion. While we tend to respect each others choice of religion I worry now about the way that this could be turning especially following the apparent support that Israel Folau received lately. This should cause concern for many.

    Posted by Lesley on 12 Jul 2019

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    Tara

    Although the percentage of people calling themselves Christian is declining, when Australia was founded, 99% of people said that they were Christian. Many of the leaders in the past were Christian. The co-author of the Constitution and Australia's second Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, was a man who fasted and prayed before drafting the Constitution. Captain Cook was also a Christian. The preacher who arrived in the country on the First Fleet nursed an Aboriginal girl, who had small pox, back to health. The very first time Parliament came together in 1901, they opened with words of prayer. Every time a person rides on the Royal Flying Doctor Service, they are using a service created by a Christian. His name was John Flynn. Many of our early explorers read and believed the Bible and stayed alive when travelling through the desert because of their faith in God. Many of our ANZAC soldiers reported seeing angels in the Middle East during the charge at Beersheba. And the maker of the Holden car was a Christian. So, every person who drives a Holden is driving a car invented by a Christian. Therefore, Christianity is part of Australia's heritage. But many people wilfully or negligently ignore our Christian heritage and like Karl Marx, the Communist leader, said years ago: People without a heritage are easily persuaded.

    Posted by Tara on 12 Jul 2019

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    Nigel

    Yep,in 18th century Britain just about everybody was a christian but it's 2019 and they new nothing of evolution,nothing much about the Universe,nothing of dna and the genome project. It is science that is rendering religion as false and the more it reveals about our true evolutionary creation the sillier they ALL look. About 30% put "no religion" on the last census and throughout the western world those numbers are increasing.With education comes questioning and texts from 2-6000 years ago are increasingly irrelevant.

    Posted by Nigel on 12 Jul 2019

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    Kudum

    Some people are very quick to call themselves Christians but in there heart's they are not. I don't even know what to believed...in this world you only need to put everything in God's hands and the day of judgement will come....like no one is perfect in this generation.....so my brothers and sisters don't spoil your faith.

    Posted by Kudum on 11 Jul 2019

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    Writer Steven

    I don't think of Australia as particularly religious, either its people or the nature of the country. While religion and spirituality are important to some people, it seems to be a minority (albeit a vocal one) who have strong religious views - be they some Christian denomination, Muslim or Buddhist. Other belief systems in Australia do not seem to make such a big show of it. I am an atheist, and have been most of my life (my father was an Anglican lay-preacher and I went to a Jesuit high school; I currently live with a preacher) even though I studied comparative religion as a BUGE subject in my first uni degree. But even though I have no belief system (and, no, atheism is not a "belief"; that would be like saying sitting on the couch all day is a "sport") I appreciate that belief and spirituality are important for some people. I will not denigrate some-one for their religion or beliefs... so long as they keep them to themselves and do not proselytise or use it to affect other people who do NOT share those beliefs. Belief is personal - it should not be dictating social justice issues and political issues.

    Posted by Writer Steven on 11 Jul 2019

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    MARTY

    Australia is not a religious country, nor is any other country - it is the people who are religious. Our population would still be far more religious if stupid governments in the past had not allowed all of these unwanted muslims and various other doubtful and unnecessary weirdos in. Where are we heading when even the girls at school have a tea towel wrapped around their heads - SEND THEM ALL BACK HOME.

    Posted by MARTY on 11 Jul 2019

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    guitargorilla7

    no we used to be but with all christian denominations combined its only 7 % of the total nation so not even close

    Posted by guitargorilla7 on 11 Jul 2019

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    Barry

    Australia is a christian country despite the growing mult-culturism being growing and endorsed by our governments. Australia will tolerate some ethnic religions but not those who refuse to adopt our dress and culture.

    Posted by Barry on 11 Jul 2019

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    Nigel

    Australia is a secular Country,as section 116 of the constitution states...Section 116 of the Constitution of Australia precludes the Commonwealth of Australia (i.e., the federal parliament) from making laws for establishing any religion, imposing any religious observance, or prohibiting the free exercise of any religion.

    Posted by Nigel on 12 Jul 2019

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    TONESY

    No Once maybe yet today people have no time to consider if religion is or is not.

    Posted by TONESY on 10 Jul 2019

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    wendles

    I lost my faith at least with the Christian church when the minister started carrying on like it was a cult, ringing me up at home when I couldn't attend church or turning up at our house, leaving pamphlets re church info in the letterbox and knocking other religions, beliefs and homosexuals, so we quit and never went back. This behaviour for us was unacceptable and this sort of hatred for other people's lifestyles or beliefs definitely should not be knocked at all, especially in church, which is supposed to be a place of peace and harmony. I don't believe now that you have to go to church to believe and have faith.

    Posted by wendles on 10 Jul 2019

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    Horn

    1st of all I have to say , countries are not religious in this case " AUSTRALIA " rather it is the inhabitants who either are or are not ! In our country there are many cultures & religions being followed , some ok some not ! Religion is something developed to control the masses and is still doing so in some cultures . The one thing I believe is that the " Catholic " religious are being singled out because they have such a large amount of followers , however per capita all religions have ministers and hierarchy who are sexual deviates . These are less publicised because they are less in size . & numbers , this is a human failing not an accepted behaviour .

    Posted by Horn on 10 Jul 2019

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    Bellxchat

    Considering Australia is a secular country, it's high time to remove religion from schools, politics, and public life and return it where it belongs: in places of worship. Those who believe can, and those who don't, don't need to engage.

    Posted by Bellxchat on 10 Jul 2019

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    Nigel

    Religion,take your pick of the thousands that have all been created by frightened creatures, since we could walk upright.Take yourself to the opening scene of Stanley Kubrik's brilliant "2001 A Space Odyssey" and watch our early ancestors as they cower in fear of the unknown.Nothing has changed since then. The greatest and longest lasting fraud perpetuated on the great ape is religions.Many have come and gone,many of the "gods" they followed have disappeared,we just need the ones around today,to do the same. As for the "holy" books they are full of lies,inconsistent stories,some historical fantasy and a mixture of killing and love.How bizarre. They offer nothing in 2019 as science destroys their myths,exposes their non-science and is rapidly explaining a Universe that has no "creator",has no purpose,other than it's expansion and which,one day,will be completely dead,long after the greatest ape has departed it.

    Posted by Nigel on 10 Jul 2019

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    Lillibet

    I think Australia would be a better place if it was religious place. The way I live is that I live my life to the best i can to Bible teaching,Yes I believe there is a God and all the rest of it, but if when I die and there's nothing after I will never know, then again if when I die there is the resurection as the Bible says I would be very disappointed to have missed out on eternal life. Yes I class myself as religious and proud of it.

    Posted by Lillibet on 10 Jul 2019

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    Jane

    No and all religion should be taken out of the education system. Stop the indoctrination of young susceptible minds.

    Posted by Jane on 10 Jul 2019

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    senilesal

    Religion and politics should be seperate if you want to believe and a Polly that's your choice but I don't want. It shoved down my throat go for bother you believing pals. But my taxes should not go to the church or any of its entities

    Posted by senilesal on 10 Jul 2019

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    trevg1960

    Was amused by a few of the comments below, as a non believer, the threat of going to Hell does not scare me at all, as i don't believe in Heaven, thus also I must not believe Hell. A very smart man once said, there has been around 3000 different gods over the years, of which most religions only believe that theirs is the 1 true God. so in fact i only don't believe in 1 more god than most.

    Posted by trevg1960 on 10 Jul 2019

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    Ulysses

    Your comments made me look and think. Who was the smart man who once said "there has been around 3000 different gods over the years, of which most religions only believe that theirs is the 1 true God".

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Jul 2019

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    senilesal

    Religion was developed to control the masses. It uses fear. You only have to see. How people behave. The tru believers are pious call people names get nasty. Preach to others about how they should behave. It's a tax haven. And gullible people willingly hand over money a lot can ill afford it here are groups set up as religions where the leaders live the lives of rich and famous after conning people to give to God there are any hose that are there to hedge their bets as they are coming to the end of their lives that hope to go to heaven. Really you live you die. Heaven and hell are the control that bushels over the masses. I cannot ever see myself being drawn to it

    Posted by senilesal on 10 Jul 2019

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    Leanne

    Religion is all a facade and with the influx of immigrants to Australia it is running rampant with fake gods

    Posted by Leanne on 10 Jul 2019

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    Carsie

    Religion is everywhere as it includes Christian Muslim Budhists,atheists, agnostics, secularists as we all have a set of beliefs that we hold onto. That is what religion is. Specifically to say Christian is part of that mix. Autralia owes that as part of its heritage. Religion and politics mix well as values are owned by leaders when making social and personal choices. To claim to have no religion is to say the you are a nothing as all of us stand for moral and spiritual values by being who we are. Who claims to be a empty space? I do not. I live by my Christian values day by day and enjoy life and respect people.

    Posted by Carsie on 10 Jul 2019

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    Mskpop81173

    I have been a strong believer of God for 7 years He has changed my life and unfortunately not everyone believes in Him, there is no space in Heaven for non believers only Hell

    Posted by Mskpop81173 on 10 Jul 2019

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    Robyn

    we used to be but now are becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah was but worse since ssm was voted in oh well HELL AWAITS THE SINNERS, we are also becoming a muslim nation which is sad

    Posted by Robyn on 10 Jul 2019

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    Heidi ho

    As we live in the age of information, I feel lots of the world has changed to a less religious place. From where I sit I still think we are religious if a bit less so. It seems fashionable to be anti-religion to the point of hate but that in itself is a religion depending on your definition.

    Posted by Heidi ho on 10 Jul 2019

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    Auzzie1r

    Not religious at all. It's all a scam.

    Posted by Auzzie1r on 10 Jul 2019

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    musicveg

    Surprised there are more comments on this post than the last one about saving the planet! I do not think Australia is a religious country but we have a religious Prime Minister and I do not agree with politics and religion mixed together. Religious choices are a private thing and should not be used to make laws and regulations. It also should not be used as an excuse to avoid paying taxes! I am also against using it as an excuse to voice your opinion or and excuse for your behavior. Looking back in history religion has always been used as a tool to control people. Using fear to make sure they behave themselves, yet many religious people are two faced. I learned this early in life, I loved going to church as a kid but when I realized people were not genuine, kind and thoughtful out of church I realized it was a farce. I believe in living a kind, thoughtful, caring life and yet I find so much hatred comes from religious people. I do believe Jesus was a person who only wanted people to love one another and care for each other, not fight or create wars, but his wishes have never been followed, instead his words have been used to make wars, create division, create more hatred and more. So I don't believe religion is necessary and let's get is out of politics!

    Posted by musicveg on 10 Jul 2019

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    musicveg

    And...... Scomo is a supporter of Hillsong one of the biggest money making "churches" there is and they use slave labor to run their functions while the leader lives in luxury and travels the world first class. So wrong. We do not need religious freaks in parliament who let these criminals get away tax free.

    Posted by musicveg on 11 Jul 2019

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    Tara

    Australia has a Christian heritage. Col Stringer wrote a book called 'Discovering Australia's Christian Heritage'. Henry Parkes, the father of Australia's Federation declared Australia a "Christian Commonwealth". Prayer books used to be in many public schools. The preamble to Australia's Constitution declares the words "humbly relying on the blessings of Almighty God". There are Christian roots to this country. The founders of our banking industry were originally part of the nation's Bible society. We do have a Godly heritage but unfortunately, it is being watered down, ignored or attacked. We need to educate the children of this country about our Godly heritage and do what the Lord told us to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

    Posted by Tara on 10 Jul 2019

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    squeekums1

    Not anymore. Thankfully we are moving past the fear and intimidation of religion. People are finally questioning it, holding it abusive monsters to account, holding it's sheep to account.

    Posted by squeekums1 on 09 Jul 2019

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    Garry

    Personally I don't think Australia is a strictly a religious country. It is a country of such mixed cultures, it would therefore have a higher number of religious beliefs, so I would believe the figures you quoted. I, personally consider myself a Christian, even though I am not a devout believer.

    Posted by Garry on 09 Jul 2019

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    kerrbear1967

    not really. Australians are more laid back. there are some cultures are

    Posted by kerrbear1967 on 09 Jul 2019

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    Harleen

    Some of the cultures are.

    Posted by Harleen on 09 Jul 2019

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    IKBrunel

    'Students opt out of scripture classes'. So what do these scripture classes teach? If they pore over the Christian Bible then it's no surprise. As an atheist I'd be happy to learn why people follow a religion and why they chose one in particular. I'd also expect to learn why some people choose not to follow a religion.

    Posted by IKBrunel on 09 Jul 2019

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    Deepika

    People are very quick to call themselves"christians" but they do not display Christian characteristics in their lives. So, I don't think we are a particularly Christian nation. Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison attend church, but I don't see them "walking the walk".

    Posted by Deepika on 09 Jul 2019

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    Khallen

    I think that as we have heard enough about Religious comments now as we hear it every day from those from other Countries and is it any wonder that our own have decided to opt out of Scripture Classes with all the pooha that goes on about religion nowadays ! I was brought up to respect Religion and attended every week but now I am lucky to attend a Church unless for a Wedding or such ! And I think this is because of all the Media coverage of those that have sexually abused children in Church Schools or in Care by Carers of a religious order ! I lost my faith !

    Posted by Khallen on 09 Jul 2019

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    8181

    Good one Scomo...Your thoughts and prayers will surely save this man, as opposed to actually doing anything to help him in reality. Obviously. You can't call a country religious. That's like asking if New Zealand is superstitious.

    Posted by 8181 on 09 Jul 2019

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    Gary

    No I can honestly say I have no fear of not making a higher.power feel the need to hurt me BECUASE.i fail to obey rules that are only designed to scare one into following that beleif.I think AUSTRALIA being so diverse we take a little of this.and a little of that.I think if you fail to harm innocents,you fail to torment others less.fortunate. you fail to benefit from lying to others. Your not that bad of a person.

    Posted by Gary on 09 Jul 2019

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    algemyone

    No, thank goodness! You don't need religion to be a good person and have strong ethics. The ethics of christian churches are cruel, non-inclusive and destructive. They do no good but get treated as charities and don't pay taxes like the rest of us. Same goes for Islamic and Judaic religious organisations. In our constitution we are supposed to keep religion and government separate; they are not any more. Nuts like Donald Trump and ScoMo offer their blessings.......what a joke! Their only ethic is to make money. Even though the bible tells us to sell all we have and give to the poor, and how hard it is for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. But then the bible also tells us to kill our slaves if they do certain things, and to kill our sisters if they are immoral. Do you really want to follow rules laid down for ignorant peasants centuries ago? Use your brains. There is no evidence for fairies, ghosts, gods or anything supernatural.

    Posted by algemyone on 09 Jul 2019

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    Kevin

    Yes,to a certain extent.

    Posted by Kevin on 09 Jul 2019

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    Kerry

    Australians hang on to some Christian beliefs but over time, more and more are rejecting it. People have lost faith due to the many dreadful events that occur throughout the world. The 1966 statistics of 88% that classify themselves as christians wouldn’t have been so high if they knew then what they know now. People just don’t trust the church anymore. Back in the 60’s people didn’t question like they do now. So, with no belief and becoming angrier and more violent, I fear that if Australia adopt just one religion for our nation, then we’re all doomed.

    Posted by Kerry on 09 Jul 2019

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    Michael

    Hmmm I Think To be surprised that Australia is a Religious country is Stupid obviously you are not a True Australian..... To Know that Australia is a big Mix off Cultural back grounds, here in Australia we are welcoming to all people and religion.

    Posted by Michael on 09 Jul 2019

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    Kerry

    Australians hang on to some Christian beliefs but over time, more and more are rejecting it. This is all down to all of the crisis in the world Kl

    Posted by Kerry on 09 Jul 2019

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    Murchi

    Yes, definitely and we should be proud of it. Without Australia's Christian religious convictions we would not be the lucky country we are. Take for example Iraq; now there is a country that does not have Christian religious beliefs and look at the state they are in with wars going on all around them. Would you like to trade places?

    Posted by Murchi on 09 Jul 2019

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    squeekums1

    Ahh yes, tell the abused kids how lucky they are to have religion........ Oh wait, many of them you can't, they are dead from suicide brought on by religion Ask the gay kids if they lucky to have religion forced down their throat. Again there many you can't since peoples religious dogma drove them to suicide

    Posted by squeekums1 on 09 Jul 2019

  • [1] [3]
    8181

    Tell the Aboriginals of this country how much Christianity did for them.

    Posted by 8181 on 09 Jul 2019

  • [2] [3]
    DolphinLady

    Yes definitely!! Love God & Jesus!!!

    Posted by DolphinLady on 09 Jul 2019

  • [1] [3]
    Abbie

    A country without God a country without right and wrong where is the point of reference the Bible people wake up .honnor your mother and father.dont steel.love the Lord you God with all your heart.and love your neighbour God the creator . mother Earth we must protect our environment,and our children.

    Posted by Abbie on 09 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Kerry

    Abbie ... The bible is contradictive, very few honour their mother and father, people steal and our neighbours are too busy to notice what’s going on around them

    Posted by Kerry on 09 Jul 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Lynette

    I don't think so everyone I know use to go to church etc but not anymore you look at what is happening in the world today and it make you really wonder if there is a gof

    Posted by Lynette on 09 Jul 2019

  • [2] [2]
    Lynne

    Religion is causing more harm than good these days. There are so called minority religions who want all to convert toi theirs. If I had my way religion would be banned. I think children should be given scripture lessons as school. When my daughters were in about grade 3/4 I made them sit one school term through scripture and then gave them the choice to continue or not. They chose not to and we still have a belief like most here each to their own. Do not preach it to me. If I want religion I will go and seek it. A lot of religious books need a good over haul.

    Posted by Lynne on 09 Jul 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Michael

    I feel that we are all religious to a certain extent when it suits us ( Xmas, Easter holidays christening and marriage for instance) however for a majority of the time I think that we don't really care. As at the last census it was shown that there was a near 50/50 make up of religious and non religious within our community I do think we can live a Christian lifestyle without believing in any religion I am not a believer in religion in any way shape or form but I do understand that some people are, however I do not appreciate them pushing there views on me and trying to sway me away from what I believe let it be TO EACH HIS OWN

    Posted by Michael on 09 Jul 2019

  • [8] [1]
    Ken

    I am a committed Christian. Our Country was founded on Christian principles and is a better County for being so. Our Churches have been the backbone of Charities in Australia and of supporting the down and out, including people on the streets, in prisons, in hospitals and in lonely homes. If Jesus walked our streets today, where would he focus his attention? The lonely living on the streets, in the prisons, the hospitals and in lonely homes. Christianity recognises that we are created beings, that we are imperfect and separated from our Creator by being imperfect. Our Creator God has provided a way for us to be re-united with Him, by accepting that Jesus died so that our sins are covered by His blood. I am now in a relationship with my Creator and I have a certain hope for the future in this life, and beyond this life, because Jesus loves me.

    Posted by Ken on 09 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    Abbie

    Well done nice.

    Posted by Abbie on 09 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    yerfdogau

    The term "religion " , you could say, is a " broad church " some say their "religion i" is football

    Posted by yerfdogau on 09 Jul 2019

  • [2] [1]
    Dawn

    I am a great believer, always have been. I know a lot who are religious but there are a lot who are not. If only those who are not could go to church, it would be a better world.

    Posted by Dawn on 09 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    squeekums1

    I can be a good person without the need to follow a book filled with hate, discrimination and sexism. In fact if you need that book to call yourself a good person, I have to ask, are you really a good person or just someone who is fearful of a mythical being?

    Posted by squeekums1 on 09 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    judyfr

    How do you know what is "good"?

    Posted by judyfr on 11 Jul 2019

  • [0] [2]
    DENRIC

    you do not have to attend church to be religious, i am at most a believer and do not attend church.. besides the more i read about other religions as such the more i am a believer that god, is the same god we all believe in, (christians, muslims, jews, and hindi and what ever others there may be). I truly believe if more people thought this way the better off we all should be.

    Posted by DENRIC on 09 Jul 2019

  • [7] [0]
    tribalguy

    I believe religion causes more conflict that any other worldwide issue. I have no religion but have an extremely high level of ethical values. Is Aust religious? Sure is, but in a "scattered" and counter productive way. If you are Christian, muslim of Hindu all I care about his how you behave toward your neighbours, your community and your country.

    Posted by tribalguy on 09 Jul 2019

  • [4] [1]
    godsbaby

    I am a christian ( and proud to be so), it is a personal thing but as a country, I believe we are letting our faith die. Younger people in school still want to have R.I. but their parents can't be bothered filling out the paperwork. Chaplains are very popular in schools. Youth are looking for solid love as families fall apart.

    Posted by godsbaby on 09 Jul 2019

  • [6] [1]
    niddy

    Gwendoline. I am religious and I don't care what people think. My husband passed away recently and he had a lovely Christian funeral to see him off. The night before he died the Priest from our Anglican Church gave him last rights before he actually slipped away. All very peaceful - many people have commented on what a beautiful service it was. I think it's up to each individual to do what they consider the best for their family. I think a lot more people are actually religious but are afraid to speak out in public.

    Posted by niddy on 09 Jul 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Lynette

    No.i don't think so every year the percentage goes down

    Posted by Lynette on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Pedro24

    Just reading some of the comments. Since the "start" Bible and religious beliefs, how many re-writes and editions plus the various translations are there? Will there be another edition once Parliament passes their religious legislation. I think a lot of young people have avoided becoming involved in religion and religious discussions as it has probably been jammed down their throats. I am 71 and steered clear of religion when as a 16 year old. My first boss told me if I went to church on the Sunday that my "at work" misdemeanor would not be reported. I am still at a loss as to how religion played a part in my employment.

    Posted by Pedro24 on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Pedro24

    A minority of the population is strongly religious, some with outlandish beliefs. I think the majority of Australians observe the main religious events, i.e. Easter and Christmas, Funerals and Weddings.

    Posted by Pedro24 on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Vicki

    I am not religious there are some parts of Australia that are

    Posted by Vicki on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Damien

    In a multicultural society there are lots of beliefs and religions due to that fact in saying that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments but I think that religion and politics are two subjects that people avoid

    Posted by Damien on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Stella del Mattino

    I don't see religious or spiritual people but, I see a lot of religion-witch-hunters and that's not ok. I'm not religious and I respect everyone.

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Lipsonstar

    I am aware that many people do not share the same beliefs ... I respect the right to be different ,and I don't think I am alone in this . People probably are not afraid to say they do or do not follow any religion

    Posted by Lipsonstar on 08 Jul 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Chris

    Yes. Are we a Christian country? In some ways but is Australia full of Christians? No way. We certainly have other religions we adhere to: Sport, gambling, alcohol consumption, home renovation and the worship of self

    Posted by Chris on 08 Jul 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Catherine

    I am not religious, but I am spiritual. Religion causes many problems in this world and the bible even refers to it as the world empire of false religion. Actually when you follow God's word, recorded for us in the Bible, most religious organizations are not following God's word. It also gives us hope of a future under a godly government with the end of human rulership

    Posted by Catherine on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    Ulysses

    I agree Catherine. I'm not sure about the stuff in the bible, but being spiritual is awesome.

    Posted by Ulysses on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Abbas

    Sending "thoughts and prayers" is simply a gesture that implies that the person cares about someone. Of course, thoughts and prayers cannot be used to buy food or clothes; they cannot heal wounds; they cannot buy someone a plane ticket. I think it's just a religious way of conveying empathy, sympathy, and understanding. That being said, I have not found Australia to be a predominantly religious country and THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY I AM HERE. To me, it doesn't even make sense calling a country religious. A "country" cannot have a religion. One cannot make birds, trees, rocks, mountains, clouds, or statues believe in a religion. A person could be religious, yes. But simply because the majority of population belongs to a certain religion, it still makes no sense to say that a "country" is religious. I know that there are a few countries that claim to belong to a particular religion, countries that are constitutionally religious - The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for instance. Then, the question remains: if someone does not believe in Islam, is he/she not a part of Pakistan? If they are, then why does the country have to belong to a particular religion?

    Posted by Abbas on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [5]
    Four

    I sure am,I think without a Religion you don't have a conscience & you are not God Fearing as a consequence for your actions,whether good or evil.

    Posted by Four on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    Daniel

    Yes definitely

    Posted by Daniel on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Vicki

    I am not religious in some parts of Australia there are religious people

    Posted by Vicki on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    Lachlan

    No I don't believe in any religion.

    Posted by Lachlan on 08 Jul 2019

  • [4] [6]
    Rebecca

    No... Only the old generation. The new generation are clever enough to know the Bible is a book written that makes everything sound like gods work. The educated now know that nearly everything in the Bible is explained using science and abit of understanding that it was writen when the world was flat and the sun is s god..

    Posted by Rebecca on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [1]
    Ulysses

    How little you know, and how YOUNG you must be. I hope for your sake, that you get wisdom with age. I'm not exactly a bible person, but how did you work out that the sun is God from the bible? Or that the world is flat? That shows your lack of understanding of anything much.

    Posted by Ulysses on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [0]
    pammygirl

    I think everyone should have the option as to whether religion is to be part of their lives, or not.. For some it can be an absolute lifeline. i am uncomfortable with religion instruction in schools, it could be construed as brain washing for impressionable young primary school minds. I would not consider myself religious anymore but have certainly experienced a presence. You do not have to be religious to do good things. I would hope, as a country, we would still be classed as religious.

    Posted by pammygirl on 08 Jul 2019

  • [4] [4]
    Joyce

    I am a regular Church going Christian and very disappointed so few people attend Church. They only seem to do this in large numbers when there is a disaster.

    Posted by Joyce on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    squeekums1

    I'm happy so few attend, means people are leaving the abusive, discriminatory hatred that is religion. Finally the abuses are coming to light and being taken seriously

    Posted by squeekums1 on 09 Jul 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Ulysses

    Do people like George Pell ring a bell Joyce? It's the lack of care, and the abuse of children by religious leaders of all faiths that lead to lack of church goers.

    Posted by Ulysses on 08 Jul 2019

  • [4] [0]
    madmax

    Everyone is entitled to be religious - or not - and believe in something higher - or not! Personally I think your religious beliefs/thoughts should be kept to yourself. We do not know if there is an afterlife - or not - and it is best kept that way.

    Posted by madmax on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Gary

    Obviously you fail to believe we keep returning untill we have learnt our own lesson. SEE YA NEXT TIME ROUND

    Posted by Gary on 09 Jul 2019

  • [6] [4]
    Apostle

    I am a Christian. I believe Australia silently have many believers.

    Posted by Apostle on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [2]
    Vicki

    I am not religious and some parts of Australia would be religious

    Posted by Vicki on 08 Jul 2019

  • [6] [3]
    Kate Gunning

    Yes, unfortunately... An Educated, enlightened society, free thinkers, don’t need to follow a religion, think for yourself, you were gifted with free will, and ability to choose, don’t hand it over to anachronistic pious.

    Posted by Kate Gunning on 08 Jul 2019

  • [3] [0]
    intrepidarts

    I would suggest the % 's point to yes although the vocal minority would lead to suggest otherwise.

    Posted by intrepidarts on 08 Jul 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Tanya

    Some are some ain't it depends on the individual themselves

    Posted by Tanya on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [2]
    Kerry

    I Think it Is But We Don't Seem To Talk about it

    Posted by Kerry on 08 Jul 2019

  • [5] [0]
    coaster

    I am not but I think there are quite a few different religious organisations still having a reasonable following although I think the number is dropping due to the clergy paedophiles and the other religious fanatics reeking havoc around the world. How can one believe in a religion that their followers condone murdering innocent people going about their daily lives all in the name of their god or harming innocent children and then denying it. People should be kind to each other, help each other not because of some religion but because they are fellow human beings.

    Posted by coaster on 08 Jul 2019

  • [2] [2]
    amtaffy

    I would like to point out that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ. The religion you mentioned above is not Christian, but the people who go to this sort of church do not know and are not taught about a relationship with Christ.

    Posted by amtaffy on 08 Jul 2019

  • [3] [8]
    boodles

    Without Jesus life would be sad.

    Posted by boodles on 08 Jul 2019

  • [3] [3]
    Suzanne Day

    Yes, I think Australia is a religious country. We are a Nation of many religions.

    Posted by Suzanne Day on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Stricker

    Not when I was last there.

    Posted by Stricker on 08 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    David

    As that survey suggested, those admitting to being religious has nearly halved,, but the real number of committed Christians is miniscule

    Posted by David on 08 Jul 2019

  • [4] [1]
    Christine

    I consider myself to be a religious person. I was baptised into the Uniting Church. It is my belief, that when times are rough, I have a spiritual being to pray to..

    Posted by Christine on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [1]
    ere

    ScoMo's religious beliefs are widely known and his personal thoughts and prayers are not representative of Australia in general. Australia is a religious country however Christianity is no longer the main religion practised here any more. Take away non Christian religions and Australia is not a religious country,

    Posted by ere on 08 Jul 2019

  • [1] [0]
    khushi

    I believe in a Creator but otherwise, am not a religious person. However, I do believe that every human being should be free to practice his or her faith without any fear or prejudice. But nobody should be allowed to impose their ideology on to others. Example: recent case of that rugby player Israel Falaou.

    Posted by khushi on 09 Jul 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Amanda

    Israel's case is not indicative of being unable to practice his religion. Apart from him, I do not think anyone has said he should be denied his right. The issue here is a legal one. I have not read his contract but am led to believe that it included a clause regarding what he posted on social media since his hatred of homosexuals was apparently widely known. If he were unhappy with that clause, feeling that it was prohibitive to him, he had the same rights as any of us in a contract situation: refuse to sign as the clause was written and suggest a modification. It is not as though he was forced to sign due to financial circumstances. This contract was apparently in the region of 4 million dollars. He signed it. You cannot later flout the rules you have agreed to and not expect legal action and have your contract torn up. This remains an issue of legality and not religious freedom.

    Posted by Amanda on 11 Jul 2019

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