Masculinity and the Church
Norman Rockwell's Easter Morning pictures a young mother and her three children, dressed in their Sunday best, marching through the living room on their way to church. Dad, still in his slippers and bathrobe, is slumped down in a chair reading the sports page. Mom and the girls resolutely face ahead. The son, at the end of the procession, casts an envious glance at dad thinking, "I can't wait for the day when I won't have to go to church either."
Rockwell captured the common sentiment that religion is an affair for women and children. Leon Podles, author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity, notes that church attendance in America is about 60 percent female and 40 percent male. He adds, "The more liberal the denomination, the higher the percentage of females." Why do more women attend church than men? I believe there are a number of reasons, including the following: