Faith no more: Why young Australians are rejecting religion

Quote:

Losing our religion

Carole Cusack, a religious studies professor at the University of Sydney, said religion isn’t the coercive force it once was.

“Most people now construct themselves as individuals, rather than members of communities and they’re more interested in expressing their individuality than in belonging to institutions that create rigid rules or patterns of behaviour,” she told SBS News.

“In 1981, when I started university, it was extremely difficult to rent a property with a boyfriend. People asked you for a marriage certificate, but that has changed radically. It’s not a factor anymore.

“Secular culture has gradually undermined religious culture and people can now go through their lives if they want never engaging with a religious functionary at all.”

 

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/faith-no-more-why-young-australians-are-rejecting-religion

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Religion isn’t the coercive force it once was. And yet people will feel the need to make-up, all “supernatural” ideas, so as to explain, reason why Christianity would have thrived

They don’t need to?

 

About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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