The Changing Patterns Of Religious Adherence

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Section 1: Religious expression in Australia – 1945 to the present 1.1 – The changing patterns of religious adherence The changenig patterns of religious adherence have been changing since the 1947 Australian census. The biggest change has been the consistent drop in the number of people identifying themselves as belonging to the Anglican church since the 1947 census up to the 2011 census, from 39 percent to 17.1 percent of the population as shown in figure 1.3, which shows the comparison between the 2006 and 2011 census data. Overall, the number of respondents being categorised as belonging to any Christian denomation has decreased since 1947. However, the number of respondants identifying themselves as Catholic has increased, from 20.9 in 1947, to 25.3 in 2011. Overall, Christianty is still the most popular religion in Australia as shown in the 2011 census data in figure 1.5. Within the different branches of Christianty there has been some trends recorded in the 2006 and 2011 census. The traditional churches, for example, such as the Uniting Church has experienced a decline. On the other hand, the newer Pentecostal movement gained increase. The Baptism, Catholic and Orthodox churches also experienced an increase. The respondants to be “other Christian” also experienced an increase in size. In 1947 census, the percentage of respondants claiming to belong to other religions other than Christianty were about 0.5 percent of the population. However, between 2001 and 2011,
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