Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Why Men Hate Church

Why Men Hate Church

David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church....

"We don't have to have hand-to-hand combat during the worship service to get men there," Murrow said. "We just have to start speaking [their language], use the metaphors they understand and create an environment that feels masculine to them."

Today's churches, Murrow argued, just aren't cutting it.

..."[Promisekeepers has worked because] I think men like to do things that they feel comfortable doing."

Yet come Sunday morning, "we're going to sing love songs to Jesus and there's going to be fresh flowers on the altar and quilted banners on the walls," Murrow said.

Men aren't the only ones alienated by such an environment. According to Murrow, young people aren't that keen on it either. Both groups are challenge-oriented and appreciate risk, adventure, variety, pleasure and reward-- values some churches "ignore or vilify," according to Murrow.
Why Women Hate Whiners
The Ironic Catholic, author of the upcoming Why Women Hate Whiny, Gotta Sleep in Sunday to Prep for Watching the Big Game Men:

"Or... maybe not showing up to worship God one hour a week is your own fault, your own fault, your own grievous fault?"
(Ooooh, that felt good. I may like this new translation!)



V said...

I was chatting with an acquaintance at a parish function last night, and less than a minute into the conversation we both started quoting "Ironic Catholic" to each other, each assuming the other wasn't familiar with it...
Great blog.

Ma Beck said...


St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

And what interest the poofy decor doesn't strangle, the milquetoast theology will. I'm blessed to live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and my parish is a testament of Vatican II as it should be. No felt banners, no kool-aid jugs and wicker baskets, no 'Mass of Excretion'. You hear the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and a Kyrie occasionally. I love this place...

The Ironic Catholic said...

that's the scariest thing I've ever heard.

But thanks!