Daily Archives: Friday, 1 February, 2008
From The Age:
NEARLY a third of Australian teenagers have no religious beliefs, new research has shown.
But academics from Monash University and the Australian Catholic University found those with serious spiritual and religious beliefs were likely to be more involved in their communities and donate money than non-religious peers…
Researchers surveyed 1219 people nationally aged between 13 and 24. More than 670 of those were aged 13 to 17.
According to the research, 47% of Australian teens aged 13 to 17 are Christians (of those, 17 per cent are active, 13% are marginally active and 17% are nominally active), 15% have a spirituality classified as New Age, 31% do not have any religious beliefs and 7% are classified as having other beliefs.
Researchers found that active Christians rated helping others and social justice higher than other spirituality types and that teenagers serious about their spirituality were more likely to be involved in volunteer activities than those who were less spiritual. Active Christians were also likely to be more generous than other spirituality types when giving to charity.
A separate study from the University of Queensland has found that moving away from traditional religious beliefs to trendy, self-focused religions and spirituality was not making young adults happier…