Religion has changed so much over the last century that it’s hard to pin down what exactly it means to be an atheist today.
While it used to be common for many Australians to identify as agnostic, humanist, atheist or humanist-inclined, there are a variety of different beliefs, practices and philosophies that make up this diverse and unique grouping.
Read more The Australian Humanist Association (AHA), for example, has grown to more than 10,000 members in the past 10 years and is active in more than 150 countries around the world.
Its national office is in Sydney, and it has about 400 staff across the country.
The organisation works with churches, religious organisations, faith-based and secular organisations to promote humanism, atheism and non-religious education.
The AHA is also involved in the Humanist Society of Australia’s Humanist Week.
“I think there’s a lot of similarities between many of the Australian denominations, that they all have their own beliefs, and there’s certainly a lot that’s shared by a lot, so there’s not one kind of belief system,” said Dr Sue-Anne Young, the AHA’s national executive director.
“We tend to be very respectful of the religious, but also very open to the secular.”
She said the main differences between the various religions were their emphasis on social justice, and that “there’s a kind of respect for other people, particularly those who are disadvantaged”. AAP/ABC