by Greg Spearritt
Bernard Salt of KPMG writes in The Australian about 2006 Census figures concerning religious belief in Australia:
[A] patchwork of values rises and falls across the Australian landscape, and superimposed above the lot is a rising market for godlessness, which is making inroads at a rate of three percentage points every decade. The 2011 census will be interesting because, when compared with 2006, it will capture the nation before and after recession. I suspect godlessness rises when we are feeling confident, secure and immortal and that in troubled times we return, perhaps at the margins, to the notion of needing a saviour.
Could it be true? Does faith really bounce back in the bad times?