The following letter was published in The Age on 20 July 2021
The question on religion in the Australian census is not designed to measure how religious people are, whether they hold religious beliefs, are members of religious organisations or attend religious services (“Census time to mark ‘No Religion’”, Comment, 16/7).
Instead, it is a measure of religious identification, an important cultural marker, which in sociological research has been shown to be a very powerful predictor of many other attributes and behaviours.
Professor Gary Bouma, Monash University
Dr Robert Dixon, University of Divinity
Professor Philip Hughes, Alphacrucis College
Professor Andrew Singleton, Deakin University
Dr Michael Mason