It’s been a pretty good weekend here in Australia, most of Sunday was taken up with gardening. Not much fun to do, but quite gratifying when it’s all finished.
And on Saturday, among other things, I filtered 38 litres of homebrew and started brewing another 38 in the fermentation bucket. Not much fun to do, but great fun drinking it.
But Saturday evening we (me, Mrs BobinOz and Elizabeth) were guests round our friend’s house where the food was excellent and the conversation pretty good too. I don’t know how, but that conversation at one point turned to religion in Australia.
I said “Australia is not a very religious country though, is it?” And with that, the debate began.
I appeared to be in the minority with my statement, it was pointed out to me that I drive past about 12 churches on the way to our nearest major shopping centre in Indooroopilly, a mere 14 kilometres from my house.
Now, I hadn’t really noticed that there were that many churches around, but I suppose off the top of my head I can think of at least six along that journey. There are at least three churches within 5 minutes of my house.
There may even be four, with the interesting sounding “Assemblies of God”, a church that appears to operate from a private house, just around the corner from me.
But maybe I hadn’t noticed all these churches because I’m just not a religious man. Although there have been a couple of times of great despair in the past, when the lives of loved ones were literally in the balance, that I have turned to God and prayed for his help.
But that doesn’t make me religious. You see, I believe in God, but I don’t believe in religion. In the same way that it’s perfectly possible to believe in having friends, but to make those friends without using Facebook. You don’t have to go through a third-party (who will surely try to control you and make money out of you) to make friends or to talk to God.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings….
Is Australia a Religious Country?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2006, Australia was
- 64% Christian. Of those Christians….
- 26% said they were Roman Catholic and….
- 19% Anglican. Then there were…
- 5% who followed non Christian religions.
- 19% said they were not religious and
- 12% failed to properly answer the question.
But for all of this, only about 7.5% regularly attended church.
So, I’m sticking with my original thought, Australia isn’t overly religious. Nobody has tried to convert me since I’ve been here and no Jehovah’s Witnesses (0.4%) have knocked on my door.
If you live here, what do you think of Australia and religion? Are you religious? Please feel free to comment below…