In 2012, a WIN-Gallup International poll asked the question, “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person or a convinced atheist?”
Just 37 percent of Australian respondents said they were religious, 48 percent said not religious, 10 percent were convinced atheists, and 5 percent fell under the category “don’t know/no response.”
Given the decades-long trend, many interpret the data by declaring that religion is on its deathbed, with the vast majority of traditional Christianity merely running on fumes.
Has Australia really lost its religion—or is there something deeper going on?
– SAMUEL C. BAXTER