Religious freedoms should include spiritual beliefs too

Patrick, Jeremy (2018) Religious freedoms should include spiritual beliefs too. The Conversation, 7 June 2018. pp. 1-3.

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Nearly a third of Australians at the last census checked 'None' when asked about their religion, up from 19% in 2006. What many people might not realise is that while some 'Nones' are indeed atheists or agnostics, a substantial percentage do have faith. It’s just not in mainstream religion as we generally understand it.

The number of people identifying as 'spiritual but not religious' appears to be rising in the western world. A 2017 McCrindle report suggests 14% of Australians belong to this category. In the US, a Pew Research Study pegs 27% of Americans as identifying as spiritual (up 8% from five years ago).

Perhaps Australia’s understanding of faith is starting to change not because some groups are winning or losing adherents but because the notion of 'organized religion' itself has increasingly started to fall out of favour.

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Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 00:21
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: spirituality, freedom of religion, SBNR
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society

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