SoR Prelim Christianity

NCLS Research insights that relate to the SoR syllabus area: Preliminary Christianity

Preliminary Christianity Depth Study

A range of articles, infographics, videos and fast facts that relate to the Studies of Religion syllabus area: Preliminary Christianity, including

  • Jesus Christ as the model for Christianity
  • The death and resurrection of Jesus
  • Personal devotion - prayer
What Australians really think about Jesus and the church today. View now.

Webinar presentation on trends in Australian spirituality, views of Jesus and church.

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Churchgoers prioritise community

Community comes first for church attenders after disruption of COVID-19.

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Growth in faith impacted by COVID-19

National results on churchgoers' experience of faith, worship and belonging during the pandemic.

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Builders and boomers bridge

Builders and Boomers: a bridge from faithful tradition to contemporary choice

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Bridging the work faith divide

One church' story on how they help their churchgoers to integrate their faith with their work life.

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2020 Australian Community Survey findings video series

Australians' spiritual profile, sources of stress, importance of spiritual practices and openness to church.

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Australians opinions about church

While levels of confidence in the institutional church are low, personal attitudes towards individual Christians are more positive.

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2020 Australian Community Survey Vox Pops

Video interviews of Australians: their spirituality and attitudes to being invited to church.

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Australians' views of God and Jesus

Real? Divine? Resurrected? How do Australians perceive God and Jesus?

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Is Jesus divine?

A minority of Australians view Jesus as God in human form.

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Spiritual practices that appeal to Australians

Nature, music, prayer and meditation are Australians' preferred spiritual practices.

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Embracing the Mess

The activities and frequency of Messy Churches in Australia.

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Is being Messy healthy?

Characteristics, health and innovations of Messy Churches in Australia.

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Is Jesus real to Australians?

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.

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Community service activities of local churches

Nine in ten churches in Australia provide community service programs and activities.

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Time in nature is most preferred spiritual practice of Australians in 2021

When provided with a list of choices of spiritual practices, and asked which appeal to them most, 52% of Australians selected being in nature or the outdoors as their top preference of spiritual practices.

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How familiar are Australians with the Christian faith?

Just over half of Australians surveyed indicated some level of familiarity with the Christian faith.

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Was Jesus real? Did he rise from the dead? This is what Australians think.

Australians' views on Jesus and the story of his resurrection.

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Churchgoers are active in volunteering their help

The majority of churchgoers give their time and energy in voluntary work or informal ways of helping others.

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What roles should churches play in society?

Australians nominate three main roles for churches: performing rites of passage, encouraging good morals, and supporting the poor.

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Which age groups are most familiar with Christianity and what do they believe?

While Australians aged 65+ are the most familiar with the Christian faith, the younger age groups express higher levels of belief in God or a higher power.

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Middle aged Australians most sceptical about Jesus

Age differences are apparent in Australians' views of Jesus and their belief in his divinity and resurrection from the dead.

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Faith shapes decisions, actions and identity

Churchgoers affirm that their Christian faith influences their life and identity.

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