In 2021, only half of Australians view Jesus as a real person who actually lived and nearly a quarter see him as a mythical or fictional character.
Christmas is a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, in late 2021, only half of Australians (49%) view Jesus as a real person who actually lived. Nearly a quarter (23%) of Australians see Jesus as a mythical or fictional character. Around one in three (29%) don't know. Men are more likely to view Jesus as a mythical figure, than women. Higher proportions of older Australians assert Jesus was a real person, than younger age groups.
When it comes to views on Jesus Christ, around half of Australians (49%) view Jesus as real person who actually lived. Nearly a quarter (23%) see him as a mythical or fictional character and 29% don't know.
Women were more likely than men to say that Jesus was a real person who actually lived (52% vs 46%). Men (27%) were much more likely than women (17%) to assert that Jesus was mythical or fictional. Similar proportions said they did not know (31% women; 27% men).
Six in 10 Australians aged 65 years and over understand Jesus to be a real person who actually lived. With decreasing age, this figure declines to only four in 10 Australians aged between 18 and 35 years. Nearly the same proportion of this younger age group (36%) said they did not know about Jesus. Similar proportions across age groups (19% to 25%) claimed that Jesus was a mythical or fictional character.
2021 Australian Community Survey run by NCLS Research, November 2021 (n = 1,286)
The breadth, depth and type of engagement local churches have with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
While levels of confidence in the institutional church are low, personal attitudes towards individual Christians are more positive.