Religious and Belief Systems in Australia

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Religious and Belief Systems in Australia Q1. Outline the changing patterns of religious adherence in Australia from 1945 to the present. There has been a lot of change in religious adherence since the end of the Second World War. At the end of the war many Australians still had British ancestors and so most people were Christian. With immigrants arriving in Australia after the war we started to see new religions grow. Orthodox Christians came from places like Greece, for example. The Catholics have continued to grow in numbers while some other Christian faiths have decreased in size. One reason why the Catholic Church is growing is because of the arrival of immigrants from places like Africa and the Philippines. With the arrival of…show more content…
There used to be a time when most people stuck with the religion that their parents followed. These days more people are choosing denominational switching. This means that many people are no longer making life long commitments to one church in particular. They are more likely to go wherever they feel comfortable and look for a church that suits their needs.New age religions were among the fastest growing faiths in the 2001 census, increasing by 140 percent in the five years since 1996. New age religions differ from other faiths in that, while together they form an overall spiritual movement, they nonetheless lack any singles unifying creed or doctrine. Adherents do tend to share some similar beliefs and practices, which are often grafted onto other, more formalised religious beliefs. Another reason for denominational switching is that some parents separate or get divorced. Surveys have shown that children from families that have broken up are more likely to stop following the family religion. A study of people in Catholic and Protestant churches found the following pattern: If a family was broken up because of divorce, Catholics were 1.7 times more likely to switch to a moderate protestant church and 2.6 times more likely to switch to a conservative protestant church. For many years there has been a number of Australians who describe themselves as having no religion on the census. In the 2011 census, (http://www.abs.gov.au )22.3% of the
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