Spirituality and Christianity in Australia today

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The world hit a new benchmark of 7 billion people just recently, and Australia is predicted to reach 23 million in the middle of the year. Our population has actually doubled since 1966 (11.5 million), and at that time 1 in 4 Aussies attended church (2.6 million). These days, with double the population, our church attendance has actually dwindled to less than 1 in 14 (1.6 million).

Looking at the ABS religious statistics might give some false positives for Christian leaders, showing that just under 64% of Australians check the Christianity box. However, we certainly don't seem to be seeing those numbers at church. In our research, we gave Australians the option to select both spirituality and religion. The findings showed that Australians identifying with the Christian faith dropped from 6 in 10, to 4 in 10. Overall, only 9% were actively practising and regularly attending at a place of worship.

These findings were all part of a joint-research venture with Olive Tree Media. For more details of the research findings, see here.

Alternatively, please click here for a free A5 summary of the research findings.

Comments
Damon commented on 08-Apr-2012 10:53 AM
Hi Mark Thanks for this. For your question about the 'Reasonable acceptance of the miraculous' were these responses from all those who took part in the survey or just those who identified themselves as Christian?
McCrindle Research commented on 10-Apr-2012 09:30 AM
Hi Damon, thanks for the question. Yes, the 'Reasonable acceptance of the miraculous' refers to the overall responses, i.e. non-Christians and Christians.
Matt Fricker commented on 23-May-2013 11:59 AM
Hi Mark. In the beliefs and attitudes towards Christianity section, are those percentages total population or non-christian population? Thanks for the great info you provide. I'm using some of these stats to help motivate the Church into action.

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