10 Facts about Australians

1. Less than half of all Australians (45%) own a Bible
2. Less than 1 in 3 Generation Y’s (32%) own a Bible
3. Sydney is Australia’s Bible reading capital accessing the Bible online almost seven times as much as Darwin (2.67 page views per resident compared to 0.39)
4. Richmond in Melbourne is the Nation’s leading Bible reading suburb with 3.86 online reads per resident in 2013
5. Residents of Warrnambool, Victoria read the Bible online the longest (13 minutes 40 seconds per visit) with Gladstone, Queensland residents reading for the shortest period (4 minutes, 20 seconds per visit)
6. “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 6) is Australia’s most accessed Bible passage
7. John 3:16 is Australia’s most accessed Bible verse
8. Love, faith and joy are the most searched Bible keywords
9. Online reading exceeds hard-copy reading. (Last year Australians accessed the Bible online (Biblegateway.com) almost 50 million times. If each of the Bibles Australian adults personally own were read even 6 times per year, there would still be more Bible reading conducted online.)
10. Of all Australians who identified their religion as Christianity in the Census, only 3 in 4 own a Bible and only 1 in 4 attend a church at least once per month.

Read the full report here

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8 thoughts on “10 Facts about Australians

  1. Ok Bryan, of those who read the Bible, how many:
    – Read it to find contradictions so that they can ridicule it
    – Read into it concepts such as reincarnation, Arianism, etc. which are not supported by it.
    – Ignore its teachings because they are politically incorrect.
    – Ignore its teaching because it impedes personal vices.

    Once you consider these factors the statistics drop even further.

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  2. By chance I just stumbled across THESE statistics ~ from Bryan’s favourite source.
    Non-opiniated numbers can’t lie.

    Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0105/Are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist-A-religious-quiz/When-does-the-Jewish-Sabbath-begin

    (Don’t suppose we should expect much more from the Micks: they’re neither one thing nor the other. 🙂 )

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    • If they keep time same as the Arabic I would guess Friday.

      Maybe Atheist know a lot of knowledge that don’t benefit. lol

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      • I agree! :- “Maybe Atheist know a lot of knowledge that don’t benefit.”
        For example, religious knowledge. 😉

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    • Don’t understand this. I got 26 right, which is about 79 or 80 %, and the average of respondents got mid 80s. A bit different from the original survey? But I expect that was in America?

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  3. Yet some people worship the Bible. I can already hear most of you jumping up and down, saying it’s honouring rather than worshipping, but consider. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    So if we take it that the Bible is inerrant, not only the word of God, but The Word, the Logos, that has existed from the beginning – then the Bible is God and should be worshipped.

    I can’t do that.

    Words are our methods of expressing ourselves. The Logos is the way God has expressed Himself in this world since the beginning of time. He has never NOT expressed Himself, has not waited to send Jesus as His expression of Himself. The Bible to me is not as much an expression of God in this world nearly as much as many things around us. Compassion for one.

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  4. …..and for the record:-

    1….Actually even less than 45%, if you count three or four I have.
    2…… Demonstrates the benefits of education.
    3…..Stands to reason. Sydney’s known for weird things and people. (Remember the famous
    picture of Fred Nile lurking in the shadows at the Mardie Gras a few years ago, and he later claimed that he was there to pray for rain? 😆 )
    4…… Didn’t YOU live in Richmond back about then? 🙂
    5……Warrnambool is populated with VERY slow-reading hicks!
    6…. By insecure christians seeking reassurance. (See: Freud, Jung, Hong Sui)
    7…. Because they can’t find Matthew 6?
    8…. Actually ‘searched-for’ by people looking for porn sites.
    10….. Too many alternatives for them to bother. I mean, who’d go to church if it meant missing out on the next thrilling episode of Hillsong ~ not to mention Creflo Dollar?! —>

    http://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/120608-Creflo-Dollar-vmed-1150a.380%3B380%3B7%3B70%3B0.jpg&imgrefurl=http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/06/08/12126777-televangelist-creflo-dollar-arrested-in-alleged-choking-attack-on-daughter&h=251&w=201&tbnid=vOK5BXWAzLW90M:&zoom=1&tbnh=186&tbnw=148&usg=__WsVl8ptb_uySBhE4ROrHF4nAJd4=&docid=WwbOiVsfOkz13M&itg=1&sa=X&ei=x3BZU8fDIMyrlQX5iIHAAg&sqi=2&ved=0CKsBEPwdMAo

    …..and anyway, they probably feel it to be their christian to be home to welcome the door-to-door evangelists.

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