Religions, Volume 10, Issue 11 (November 2019) – 50 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): In the context of increasing ethnic and religious diversity, Australia’s future prosperity may depend partly on the ability to maintain social cohesion. Drawing on the framework developed by the Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion Research Program, this study examines data from two surveys conducted by NCLS Research to compare levels of social cohesion among Australian churchgoers and among the general population. Social cohesion metrics were stronger among churchgoers than the wider population across the domains of belonging, social justice, civic participation, acceptance of others and worth. The findings suggest that Christian groups play a positive role in the promotion of social cohesion by building social capital, but that these groups are unlikely to be a significant source of agitation to prevent some of the greatest contemporary threats to social cohesion. View this paper
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