"Religion in Australia since 1945"
outline changing patterns of religious adherence from 1945 to the present using census data Christianity as the major religious tradition The most common religious affiliations reported in the 2006 Census continued to be Catholic (26%) and Anglican (19%). “Account for” = why?? History, demography, immigration, culture, inheritance, habit, establishment, education Christianity as the major religious tradition Class debate during revision: That Australia is a Christian country. Internet research prior to the debate. Immigration Students need 1. facts 2. trends 3. impacts 1. POST WAR MIGRATION 1945 – 1960s CONSTANT ECONOMIC 2. ASIAN MIGRATION 1965 – 1979 MIGRATION 3. GLOBAL CONFLICT 1985 - present 1. POST WAR MIGRATION 1945 – 1960s 1. Push Factors – (post-war depression, destruction, new start, persecution) 2. Pull Factors – (under-employment, global responsibility, sponsored migration) 3. What religions did they bring? 2. ASIAN MIGRATION – 1965 - 1979 1. Push Factors – (persecution, fear of communism, war x 3) 2. Pull Factors – (responsibility for refugees, Fraser, Whitlam, end of IRA1901) 3. What religions did they bring? 3. GLOBAL CONFLICT 1984 - PRESENT 1. Push Factors – (war, civil war, famine, terrorism, financial collapse) 2. Pull Factors – (liberal approach to migration, wealth etc) 3. What religions did they bring? 4. ECONOMIC MIGRATION 1. Push Factors – 2. Pull Factors – 3. What religions did they bring? denominational switching 1. Who switches? Protestant non-aligned congregations Pentecostal 2. Who doesn’t switch? Orthodox Catholic denominational switching 3. Why do they switch? Aggressive proselytising Marketing Relationship building Modes of worship Proximity Use of communication technology (Internet) rise of New Age religions http://www.stmarys.nsw.edu.au/lib rary/secured/arc/index.html http://delicious.com/greg.elliott Secularism The rise of the no religion and not stated categories in the census The results of the National Church Life Survey http://www.ncls.org.au/default.aspx?sitemapid=133 The National Council of Churches What has changed as a result? NSW Ecumenical Council What has changed as a result? Examples Make a judgement of its importance