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Losing my religion: women’s edition

Losing my religion: women’s edition

Cathy Grossman at Religion News Service reports that one in three women now claim no religious identity:

Surveys have long shown women lead more active lives of faith than men, and that millennials are less interested than earlier generations. One in three now claim no religious identity.

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder about the universe,” according to some surveys….

Protestant scholar and author Phyllis Tickle, 80, who has observed American spirituality for decades, also cited the changing cultural context of women’s lives. “In evangelical and even in some progressive parts of Christianity, women are getting very mixed signals,” said Tickle. “There is a view that a woman should be subordinate on Sunday, equal to men the five workdays of the week and Saturday is up for grabs. She’s told at home and at church the man is to be the ‘servant leader,’ but then she goes to work where she has to be as tough as the guys to succeed.”

And from a Twitter conversation between some women who have not lost their religion:

Thank God for “Women’s Study Bibles” because if the Gospel didn’t come in pink, I’d never have a chance of understanding it.

  Bibles marketed for women or girls should be required by law to have a picture of a tent peg on the cover.

What would you put on the cover of a Bible to attract women? Or have you lost your religion?

RNS unspiritual graphic by Tiffany McCallen

posted by Ann Fontaine

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Christopher Arnold

The graphic design of Bible covers won't make a bit of difference. This is a far deeper issue, and I think we all know that. I really don't know what the answer is, but the projections are daunting. Those who remain religious will do so because they believe it to be a matter of life and death. This will lead to a widening gulf between religious and secular worldviews. All churches will shrink for a while, and the smaller churches may well hit a point where they fall below the critical mass needed to be sustainable. I really don't know what the solution is.

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Emily Windsor

We're taught to remain in ideological boxes, not to question God about what we ought to be doing to make a difference. Why?

We're already working too hard, too many hours of the day and night. It's 10pm and here I still am at my desk.

There's no Episcopal Church in this part of the County; so if I want to go to church and worship, I can go to very shallow Bible-belt churches or to a very quiet and timid Catholic service (but no socializing after).

The bandwidth they preach is very narrow and circumscribed, and it has nothing to do with broad social problems or local disputes.

I think what's happening to me is, the relationship thing between me and God, very intimately and personally, has taken over from the "going to this or that church" thing.

Like a nun or monk, I spend all day working with God at my side, and every sleepless night thinking things out with His assistance. My life is full of God.

What do I need Church for, in that case, when Church simply does its thing, over and over and over, and its polity is unable to meet me halfway?

I have a spiritual identity, and it's very strong. I believe in GOD, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And they're right Here.

Emily E

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JC Fisher

"Bibles marketed for women or girls should be required by law to have a picture of a tent peg on the cover."

Yael reference FTW! (Judges 4-5)

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George A. Bennett

Re guidelines....'PG' rated films have; some profanity, some violence, brief nudity, no drug use. Not recommended for children.

'G' rated films have; no strong language, minimal violence, no sex, no drug use.

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