Two In Three Australians Think Religion Does More Harm Than Good In The World

Article From The Sydney Morning Herald

A bigger share of Australians than respondents in most other countries think religion does more harm than good in the world, new polling has revealed.

Click here to read the article in full

13 comments:

  1. That's because the bigger share of Australians are secular....duhh

    ReplyDelete
  2. Must be true if the herd believes it...the wisdom of the crowds and all that. The same people probably believe that politicians do good that financial institutions are here for our benefit and that little green men live on Mars.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your comment.

      My intention in posting the article was merely that I thought it was newsworthy, and not because I thought it proved anything. Obviously truth is not simply a matter of what the majority believe (although there's nothing to say that a truth cannot be believed by the majority), so I apologise if I gave the wrong impression by posting this article. Perhaps I should have added some commentary of my own?

      I am personally interested in what is driving the trends of people moving away from religion. I think it's more likely that people are becoming disillusioned with religion than that they are enthusiastically becoming atheists or agnostics. For many people, even the religious, religion just doesn't play a central role in their lives any more, and it may not provide what they want from life.

      Delete
  3. Its more a trend of less people joining dating from the mid 20th century. So now we have many churches where the average age of the congregation is over 60. Methodism in the UK in a bad way with chapels closing all the time. Christadelphians (whom I now characterise as Methodists with bad theology) are shrinking slower as they are better at getting the next generation to stay. They do that with more control over the adherents. But some of us leave. Thank God. I personally am a happy Anglican now...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Christ did forecast that by the time he returned that "the love of many would have become cold"

    And "when I return shall I find faith on the earth " ie fidelity.
    A2.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Not really, my comment only applies to UK, maybe it is the case in other Western European countries, but globally there are many many more Christians now than ever before (partly because there are many many more people).

    ReplyDelete
  6. "Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth's 7.3 billion people"
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=how+many+proffessing+Christians+in+the+world
    A2.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How many of those Christians agree with your beliefs?

      How many do you think have the truth and will be saved?

      Delete
    2. Even more than that - how many would you even consider practising Christians? We used to talk of Christians who only went along at Christmas and Easter, but I suspect some listed as Christians in censuses don't even do that.

      Delete
    3. Very few I imagine, which is what Christ prophesied, for most now refuse to comply with the commandments of Christ and his Apostle's teachings, especially on the deportment of women both in the churches and the marital home.

      Delete
    4. So A2 says up to one third of the world's population are Christians and Jeff says "very few" are genuine Christians and will be saved.

      Did you two want to talk amongst yourselves and then tell us what to make of this? Was there a point to be made here?

      In another comment on a previous article, one of you was bragging about the bible being the most sold book. Should it also be the most misunderstood book as well?

      Delete
  7. How about Christadelphians? I know of two Christadelphians who want to, but can`t bring themselves to, leave until their parents die (sad), and others whose spouses agreed to be dunked, because if they hadn`t, marriage wouldn`t have been possible(allowed?).So,how many Christadelphians are to be found enduring this sort of severe control under these circumstances, i.e.,being classed as ( seen going through the motions) "practising" Christadelphians?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This level of individual/emotional control is a pretty sad indictment of the Christadelphian community. Where's the love?

      Delete

Please do not comment as 'Anonymous'. Rather, choose 'Name/URL' and use a fake name. The URL can be left blank. This makes it easier to see who is replying to whom.