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Ours is an ever-evolving society Each day we continue to grow and change in many different ways However for the purposes of this essay the focus will be on Australias changing ideas on religion and spirituality True religion in Australia today has little to do with Christianity It is a well-documented fact that there has been a decline in church attendance This coincides with an increase in leisure expenditure and other secular interests Consequently the true religion is no longer Christianity Christianity is a system of beliefs based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ It is also a way of life and a community of people Christians believe in one God who created the universe and all that is in it They believe that this God is active in history guiding and teaching his people1 The main teachings of Christianity are outlined in the Apostles Creed the Athanasian Creed and the Nicene Creed Statements about the Trinity the Incarnation a doctrine stating that God became flesh in the person of Jesus and that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine and Salvation2 However in modern society many of these Christian beliefs are being replaced with others of secular origin Australia is moving away from the church and their ideologies and focusing on secular values According to the 1996 National Church Life Survey NCLS both church attendees and non-attendees regard encouraging good morals as the most important role of the churches Providing public worship supporting the poor counselling social justice advocacy and chaplaincy are also seen as important roles for churches3 The churches play a key role in helping the wider community to process events such as September 11 2001 Although the general population appreciates that the churches provide much needed services to the community people continue to take on secular elements of society rather than Christian values Such values include the belief that the correct way to live is
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