Is Christianity Too Feminine? Not according to British males surveyed by a Christian men’s magazine. Only eight percent complain about the Church being too feminine. But three in five guys are turned off by embroidery. So much for frilly surplices, pastel copes, and the magna cappa.
“Jesus recruited a bunch of 12 ordinary blokes before he began his ministry proper. They spent three years together doing stuff,” said Sorted’s publisher and managing editor Steve Legg. “He sat down and ate with them and built relationships,” Legg said, explaining how the church should go about reaching the male congregation.
It’s interesting that more men enjoyed singing than not. The survey favored “proclamational” songs over sentimentality. I’m not surprised at that. I wonder what sorts of things would be considered acceptable. Is it the text, something like Psalm 2? Is it the music and mythology? Something with drums, and “half” dancing? (The 52-48 margin for those opposed to liturgical dancing–not what one might expect.)
At my parish, the women’s group had a cookie bake the other night. But after reading this article, it got me thinking. We don’t really have any corollary men’s outlet at our parish, other than the Knights of Columbus. The KC’s offer a lot of service, and cook meals for some big events. Not quite the same tenor as gathering over a beer.
Some in the blogsphere have argued that traditional Catholicism and its trappings would be more appealing to men, but there’s no evidence men congregated in churches any more fifty years ago than they do today.
I wondered if manly religious folks would offer something like camo cassocks or clergy wear. I searched the web for fifteen minutes looking for stuff like that, but I found far more outlets for women’s clerical wear. And one guy (not the pope!) dressed in a white cappa with dark shades.
Real men, I suspect, want something with depth, not the peripheral frillery offered by the reform2 movement.