Story: Atheism and secularism

Secularism and age, 2006

Secularism and age, 2006

The least religious age-group in the 2006 census was aged 0–4. While it may seem strange to include young children, whose parents have written their beliefs on the census returns, there is a strong association between a parent having no religion and their children growing up to have no religion. In the early 2000s the young and middle-aged were much less religious than the elderly, who were more likely to have had religion in their lives from childhood. The prevalence of belief in the elderly was probably largely because of the type of society they grew up in.

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Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - Who is secular?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 10 Feb 2017