IN a city with an abundance of churches, atheism is apparently flourishing.
A study into the rise of atheism around the world argues people in economically developed countries are less inclined to hold religious beliefs than those in less-developed countries.
Report author Dr Nigel Barber argued a clear pattern could be identified around the world, with atheists more likely to be college-educated people who live in cities.
"Atheism thus blossoms amid affluence where most people feel economically secure," he wrote.
"In social democracies, there is less fear and uncertainty about the future because social welfare programs provide a safety net and better health care means that fewer people can expect to die young."
Are you religious?
This poll ended on 09 June 2013.
Yes. I am fundamentalist
Yes. I am evangelical
Sort of. I go to church on some holidays
Sort of. I am spiritual but I don't attend church
I was when I was a kid, but no longer
I am agnostic
No way. I am an atheist
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Although broadly focused, the theory is reflected in Australia's 2011 Census figures.
The national snapshot shows a growing number of residents indicate they adhere to 'No Religion'.
About 61% of the population indicated they were of the Christian faith, of which 25% indicated they were Catholic.
But about 22% of the nation's population listed no religion.
"The number of people reporting 'No Religion' also increased strongly, from 15% of the population in 2001 to 22% in 2011," the ABS noted.
"This is most evident among younger people, with 28% of people aged 15-34 reporting they had no religious affiliation."
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