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Old 11-04-2013, 09:47 PM
 
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Does Australia & New Zealand feel religious and Christian like in the U.S.? Is religion a big thing? Any bible belt?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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While there are a variety of religions in Australia and NZ, religion as an institution plays less of a role in political life. In general, they are more secular societies.

Religion's place in Australia
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:51 PM
 
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Does Australia & New Zealand feel religious and Christian like in the U.S.? Is religion a big thing? Any bible belt?
From what i gather, no.

Australia is near the top as one of the least religious places on earth in all these polls.

Importance of religion by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Top 10 Countries With the Least Religious People - TheRichest

The 8 best countries to be an atheist - Salon.com

I can't work out why but it has been protestant religions that are increasingly been dumped by Australians, the country has gone from about 80% protestant christian when it federated in 1901 to 33% in 2011, the catholic portion of the population has actually going up a bit.

The huge majority of Australians who identify themselves as christian never attend church.

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Old 11-05-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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I can't work out why but it has been protestant religions that are increasingly been dumped by Australians, the country has gone from about 80% protestant christian when it federated in 1901 to 33% in 2011, the catholic portion of the population has actually going up a bit.
Not sure where your figures are from but my educated guess would be immigration patterns and census methods. In 1901 the population would still have been heavily skewed towards the English settlers as would have been any population estimates. Given the cultural attitudes prevailing at the time, there might have been many who weren't counted, like Aboriginals or foreigners with limited English language - I'm thinking particularly of the Chinese who came here for the gold rush. Later on there was more migration from strongly Catholic countries like Italy and then from other countries with other or no religions. So it's not so much a case of protestant religions being dumped as a demographic change showing a larger proportion increase in immigrants and their descendants from non-protestant backgrounds.

btw 33% is still pretty high considering that one statistic that floats around a lot is that only 25% of Australians are of British descent.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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From what i gather, no.

Australia is near the top as one of the least religious places on earth in all these polls.

Importance of religion by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Top 10 Countries With the Least Religious People - TheRichest

The 8 best countries to be an atheist - Salon.com

I can't work out why but it has been protestant religions that are increasingly been dumped by Australians, the country has gone from about 80% protestant christian when it federated in 1901 to 33% in 2011, the catholic portion of the population has actually going up a bit.

The huge majority of Australians who identify themselves as christian never attend church.
Thank God for that!

BTW this is from Wiki:
Oceania Protestantism in Australia , 42% 8,437,984
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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Does Australia & New Zealand feel religious and Christian like in the U.S.? Is religion a big thing? Any bible belt?
There is no bible belt but it certainly would be as religious as the major cities in the US. One of the up and coming Christian church in New York is Hillsong which is Australian.

Certainly parochial education in Australia is a bit stronger than in the United States.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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Thank God for that!

BTW this is from Wiki:
Oceania Protestantism in Australia , 42% 8,437,984
I used this link

Religion in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is correct to the census data provided to ABS in 2011, I did check that.

About 1/2 of Australia's Protestants are Anglican (or church of england).
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:23 PM
 
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Thank God for that!

BTW this is from Wiki:
Oceania Protestantism in Australia , 42% 8,437,984
LOL. I reckon.

There are religious people here, but rare public displays of said religions. i.e don't talk about it, don't push it or you will get push back.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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LOL. I reckon.

There are religious people here, but rare public displays of said religions. i.e don't talk about it, don't push it or you will get push back.
Thats one thing I miss about life down under (and in Canada). In the states we get the Jesus loving politicians.. Santorum, Palin, Bachman... all sort of crazy (and people listen)...

BTW was Pauline Hanson a Jesus freak?
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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Thats one thing I miss about life down under (and in Canada). In the states we get the Jesus loving politicians.. Santorum, Palin, Bachman... all sort of crazy (and people listen)...

BTW was Pauline Hanson a Jesus freak?
Not that I can Recall.

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