Account for the religious landscape in australia post 1945

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Account for the religious landscape in australia post 1945

  1. 1. Religious expression in Australia – 1945 to the present Religion and Belief Systems in Australia post-1945
  2. 2. outline changing patterns of religious adherence from 1945 to the present using census data  Decline in Anglican figures  Numerical increase in Catholic figures  Decline in Presbyterian and Uniting Church figures  Numerical increase in Orthodox figures  Steady growth in Pentecostal figures  Rise of secularism  Jewish figures have remained steady  Steady increase in Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist figures
  3. 3. account for the present religious landscape in Australia in relation to:  Christianity as the major religious tradition  immigration  denominational switching  rise of New Age religions  secularism
  4. 4. Christianity as the major religious tradition  Colonisation  Migration  White Australia Policy
  5. 5. Immigration  War  WWII  Vietnam  White Australia Policy  Assisted passage schemes  Non Christian Traditions
  6. 6. Denominational switching  Rise in variation of Christian denominations  Revolving Door Syndrome
  7. 7. Rise of New age religions  Focus on self and individual fulfillment  Inspired by Eastern and indigenous concepts  Response to a rejection of organised religion but still a need for ‘spirituality’  Various forms
  8. 8. Secularism  Pluralism  Individualism  Materialism  Skepticism

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