What Australians think of Christian faith
Posted: 07 December 2011
One of Australia's most respected social researchers, Mark McCrindle, has recently done a study on what Australian's really think about Christian faith titled, The Australian Communities Report. Some important findings include:
- 40% of Australians identify as Christians
- 49% of Australians are to some extent "open" to changing their religious worldview with 51% of Australians are not "open" at all
- 67% of Australians name their family as the most important factor in forming their opinion of Christianity
- 35% of Australians believe Jesus had divine powers & was the Son of God
- 52% of Australians believe or partly believe Jesus rose from the dead
- 17% of Australians are passionately opposed or with strong reservations towards Christianity
McCrindle also researched what was stopping many people from considering the claims of Jesus. The 'top ten believe blockers,' according to McCrindle include,
- Church abuse
- Judging others
- Religious views
- Issues around money
- Hell & condemnation
This research presents enormous opportunities and challenges as Vine Church seeks to show Sydney why Jesus is still relevant in the twenty-first century.
How do you think we can best address these issues?
We are hoping that our Christmas series ("Is Christ still relevant at Christmas?") will start a conversation with those who hold one of the above believe blockers. In particular, this Sunday we consider the response "Religion is irrelevant. Christmas won't change that" which touches on belief blockers 1. 2. 3. 4. and 7.
Click here for a summary of the report findings.
Here is a video from the launch of the report.