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Gender and religion

March 23, 2016

The Pew Research Center yesterday released a new report on gender and religious participation.   It found that in many countries in the world, and especially among Christians, there is a wide gender gap.  Section 6 of the report is entitled:  “In the U.S., religious commitment is high and the gender gap is wide.”

I’m afraid I may not have time to fully digest the report until next week, but I wanted to bring it to the attention of BLT readers.

(If the full report is too long to read in full, please at least consider reading the summary which is on the first web page here.)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2016 9:32 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    BETTER TO ACTUALLY READ THE FIRST PAGE ABSTRACT THEN TO JUDGE BY THESE SHORT CONCLUSIONS ALONE.

  2. March 23, 2016 10:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  3. krwordgazer permalink
    March 29, 2016 12:28 pm

    I wrote an analysis of this issue a while back: http://krwordgazer.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-feminization-of-church.html

  4. April 3, 2016 11:46 pm

    As a Catholic, my lived experience has always been that while women go to Mass, men might or might not. (Of course, I’m also a product of 2 generations of Catholic women marrying non-Catholic men, so that might have skewed my sample!) The parishes I’ve been in have a preponderance of women active in liturgical ministries, as well as in the pews: all of which just adds insult to the injury of the ban on women’s ordination.

    In at least one set of historical novels (the splendid Dame Frevisse novels by Margaret Frazer, it seems clear that religion is primarily left to women, as part of the domestic sphere: have the babies, feed the family, clean up after everyone, and say lots of prayers — basically, cleaning up after everyone on the spiritual level as well.

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