The changing soul of the nation

According to the latest census, the biggest church remains the Roman Catholic, up 7 per cent over the decade to 5.13 million, followed by the Anglicans, down 4.7 per cent to 3.72 million. There were slightly more Anglicans than agnostics and atheists (3.7 million), with another 2.2 million not stating whether they had any religion or none. The results did not surprise Gary Bouma, professor of sociology of religion at Monash University. Anglicans and no-religion now meet at 18.7 per cent, but he had expected them to cross over earlier, he said - Dewi Cooke and Barney Zwartz