Australia’s Changing Religious Profile—Rising Nones and Pentecostals, Declining British Protestants in Superdiversity: Views from the 2016 Census

Authors

  • Gary D. Bouma Monash University
  • Anna Halafoff Deakin University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.34826

Keywords:

Religious diversity, Religious 'nones', superdiversity, youth and religion

Abstract

The 2016 Australian Census reveals continued change in Australia’s religious diversity. While reviewing some of the highlights of this development–the continuing increase in the ‘no religion’ category, the first ever decline in Catholic numbers, and the rise of Hindus and Sikhs–several religious groups, which are not usually combined in the census, actually when grouped together represent most of the Pentecostal and charismatic churches and form the fourth largest religious group in Australia. These changes are set in a comparative context, internationally and intergenerationally. The religious diversity and Anglican retention rates of Stonnington–one of Melbourne’s 21 Cities–are examined as a window on local diversity and change. Finally, we discuss three main categories of religion in contemporary Australia: the ‘nones’; the spiritual but not religious; and the religious and spiritual. The data reveal a new context of superdiversity in Australia.

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Author Biographies

Gary D. Bouma, Monash University

UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific, School of Social Science

Anna Halafoff, Deakin University

Senior Leccturer, Faculty of Arts and Education

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Published

2017-11-22

How to Cite

Bouma, G. D., & Halafoff, A. (2017). Australia’s Changing Religious Profile—Rising Nones and Pentecostals, Declining British Protestants in Superdiversity: Views from the 2016 Census. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 30(2), 129–143. https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.34826

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