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World Religions- BBC
Belief, Teachings and Practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
"Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs ... "
Buddhism in Australia is new, but it is also one of the fastest growing religions in the country. In 2006, a small percentage of the total population of the country, 2.1 percent, identified as Buddhists. Between 1996 and 2001 the number of Buddhists grew by 79 percent. It is Australia’s second largest religion following Christianity. As of 2011 census data, an estimated 2.46 percent of the population, or around 528,977 people identify themselves as Buddhists. There are essentially two strands of Buddhism in the country, ethnic or Chung Tian Buddhism and non-ritualistic.
Christians in contemporary Australia- ABC Education
What is the most popular religion in Australia? If you said 'Christianity', you would be right. In the 2011 Census, more than 60 per cent of respondents indicated that they belonged to the Christian faith. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in Christianity among Australia's youth. By focusing on a Christian artist, this clip seeks to challenge some of the myths and preconceptions about what it means to be young and Christian today.
Islam is a natural and complete way of life. It encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with their Creator (God). It teaches that people find true lasting happiness and peace through being close to God, following His guidance and performing good deeds.
Muslims Australia- Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Inc.
There are around 1.6 billion Muslims in the world that’s about 23% of the global population. Islam is currently the world's second-largest religion (after Christianity) and it is the fastest-growing major religion. The faith of Islam shares a very close history with Christianity and Judaism. Islam promotes the same values of modern society - equality, freedom, justice, civil rights, peace and harmony. Islam has an inherent beauty that can be appreciated as was done by the early communities of Christians and Jews when multifaith communities thrived in peace and harmony.