I think I posted in here a while ago but I thought I'd post again to let everyone know who I am and what's going on.
I don't know if anyone reading this attends OCF but I had a question about something I was wondering. Here's the thing. I went to an Evangelical college for 3 years of my college life and the ratio of women to men was 4 to 1. When I was brought into the Orthodox Church I discovered that the ratio of women to men is something like 1 to 8 (at least for my age group). There's a lot of young girls (age toddler to around 14 or 15) in the Church, but at the college level, at least in the OCF, it's been consistently for 3 years something more like 8 men to 1 woman. I'm just curious as to what are some people's ideas on why this is the way it is. I don't think it's bad in anyway, in fact, I have heard it argued that feminism kills Christianity, and the Church has been feminized since the early 20th century (men become/became secularized and women stay in the church, so that when women leave the church there's no one left).
I'd be interested on a deeper discussion of this issue. Why men possibly are more drawn to the Orthodox than the Evangelical churches (I haven't formed any opinion on the ratio of men to women in the Roman Catholic churches - it seems so far to be somewhat equal, but I could be wrong).
Well that's enough food for thought for now.
Thoughts: as far as why there are more male converts than women? I've noticed this myself - perhaps because men are more experiential? With women gravitating more toward the social/relational aspect of worship? Who knows.
And as far as feminism in the church goes there's an awesome book out there that talks about that, called Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism by Fredrica Matthewes-Green. It's a collection of essays that, as a whole, confront these particular issues and examines them in light of the teachings of the church. I was impressed with it. I look for every opportunity to force it upon people :)
On October 26th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
wow! that is very interesting! I always thought it was the opposite! At my church, the ratio of young college -age women to men is about 8 to 0! And in many other parishes I've been to, there are far more college age women than men that attend. I've also noticed that at the monasteries, the ratio of women versus men seems to be higher, with more women attending then men.