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12SoRT1L2 - Religious Make-up of Australia

Pluralism / Australia / Statistics

Alex Finlayson

on 29 January 2016

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Transcript of 12SoRT1L2 - Religious Make-up of Australia

States/Countries in which religion controls the government
Religious States
personal or institutional set of attitudes, beliefs and practices, which may include a system of prayers or religious laws.
State supports religion while maintaining
a level of independence from it.
Active State Religions
Acceptance or acknowledgment of
different religions.
7) Design and produce a bar graph showing the number of adherents to each listed religion in 1996 and 2001

8) What conclusions can you draw from the data presented?
Questions 7 & 8
listen to the song, read the lyrics and tell me why you think it is causing such a stir amongst churches and people of faith. Think about this... what would the reaction to this song have been 50 years ago? I'm talking about the lyrics NOT the video.

Pluralism, Australia, Statistics
Pluralism is “the existence of a range of diverse ways of living. This challenges citizens to negotiate their differences, to live together peacefully and to work cooperatively in local, national and global contexts” (Ryan and Goldberg, 2004, p. 143).
Hozier explains the song:

It’s about humanity at its most natural, and I guess the song is very much about sexuality, about the sexual act itself. It’s also a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek swipe at, say, the Church and organizations that would undermine humanity at its most natural by pontificating over things like sexual orientation or natural humanity.

It’s about asserting your own humanity through a very natural act, because there are very few things more human than that act itself. Also, electing something tangible that you can love, something that’s worth “worshiping.”

Christians will be quick to condemn the song, a picture of the victory of the sexual revolution, as “anti-religion.” But the song is also responding to specific persecution the LGBT community is still facing. Understandably, the sounds of the culture wars are shrill in the ears of Christians and the LGBT community, and both are on high alert for any abuse or inconsistency. Christians would be wise to heed Biblical wisdom in being slow to speak and quick to listen, even though songs like this produce knee-jerk reactions.

Hozier speaks to those who have been abused by the church when he says, “I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife.” Abuse at the hands of anyone is wrong. As Joe Carter said in a recent post regarding imploring religious language for acts of torture, “In attempts to dehumanize, we end up becoming less than human ourselves.” If the church or its members have been or are involved in these misdeeds, they need to seek reconciliation and forgiveness.
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