"Religious observance in Australia"

Vaughan, Michael (2012). "Religious observance in Australia".

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Title "Religious observance in Australia"
Abstract/Summary Australians as a people are not generally noted for their piety or for their holiness. They are a practical, some might say materialist, people, interested in pragmatic effectiveness and social stability. That said, some 64% of Australians freely profess Christianity and tolerate other major non-Christian religions. There is in Australia a kind of nexus between the law, religion and society. Distinguished Australian jurists, however, are wary of using religious belief as a reliable, humane and impartial basis for legal reasoning and legislation. Politically, statistical studies show an upsurge since 2001 in the religious content of maiden speeches by both ALP and LNP Members of Parliament. Such studies also show a pro-ALP voting orientation by Catholics, as opposed to a lower level of voter support for the ALP amongst Protestants. Australia's 27 Prime Ministers since Federation in 1901 have, for the most part, been men and have only tenuously committed themselves to personal religious observance.
Keyword Christianized Secularism
Religious Affiliation Statistics
Influence of Religion on Law
Religion In Federal Parliament
Voting Patterns & Religion
Australian Prime Ministers & Religious Belief
Date 2012-03-28
Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines 360000 Policy and Political Science
390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
440000 Philosophy and Religion
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes This is an analytical treatment of an often-neglected and passed-over area of socio-political importance. What a citizen believes will determine important and significant aspects of his or her behaviour, thinking and actions. Australians are generally not passionately religious. They do, however, espouse and hold social values that have, in both overt and in less forceful ways, been shaped and influenced by religion. It is therefore a deserving topic for objective analysis and discerning commentary. For the record, the Author, Dr Michael Vaughan, is a baptized and confirmed Member of the Anglican Church of Australia. He keeps his religious beliefs to himself, though, and does not seek to convert or to preach to anyone. The most he will do is write Poetry from a certain ethical perspective. More than that Dr Vaughan regards as the proper bailiwick of the Ordained Clergy, not Political Scientists such as himself.

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Created: Wed, 28 Mar 2012, 10:32:50 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies