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Buffy The Vampire Slayer versus Jesus Christ: Wicca Glorification In Media Reducing Female Church Attendance!

Posted by Job on August 24, 2008

Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims

Religion News Blog, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aug. 23, 2008 News Summary
www.religionnewsblog.com

Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims The old-fashioned attitudes and hierarchies of churches are causing a steep decline in the number of female worshippers, according to an academic study.

The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives.

It says that instead young women are becoming attracted to the pagan religion Wicca, where females play a central role, which has grown in popularity after being featured positively in films, TV shows and books.

The study comes amid ongoing controversy over the role of women in all Christian denominations. Last month its governing body voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time, having admitted them to the priesthood in 1994, but traditionalist bishops have warned that hundreds of clergy and parishes will leave if the move goes ahead as planned.

The report’s author, Dr Kristin Aune, a sociologist at the University of Derby, said: “In short, women are abandoning the church.

“Because of its focus on female empowerment, young women are attracted by Wicca, popularised by the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“Young women tend to express egalitarian values and dislike the traditionalism and hierarchies they imagine are integral to the church.

“Women’s ordination, as priests and now bishops, has dominated debate and headlines – but while looking at women in the pulpit we have taken our eyes off the pews, where a shift with more consequences for the church’s survival is underway.”

Her research, published in a new book called Women and Religion in the West, cites an English Church Census which found more than a million women worshippers have left churches since 1989.

Over the past decade, it claims, women have been leaving churches at twice the rate of men.

In addition, the census is said to show that teenage boys now outnumber girls in the pews for the first time.

Dr Aune says the church must adapt to the needs of modern women if it is to stop them leaving in their droves.

She believes many women have been put off going to church in recent years because of the influence of feminism, which challenged the traditional Christian view of women’s roles and raised their aspirations.

Her report claims they feel forced out of the church because of its “silence” about sexual desire and activity, and because of its hostility to single-parent families and unmarried couples which are now a reality for many women.

But it also says changes in women’s working lives, with many more now pursuing careers as well as raising children, mean they have less time to attend church.

Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims, Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent, Telegraph, UK, Aug. 23, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

4 Responses to “Buffy The Vampire Slayer versus Jesus Christ: Wicca Glorification In Media Reducing Female Church Attendance!”

  1. Kyle said

    “The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives.”

    Of course! If your not saved what does darkness want to do with light. This is rudimentary and can be easily pointed directly to the following movements:

    Arminianism/Prosperity Gospel/WoF/Seeker Sensitive

    All of the above places an emphasis on Man. I say let them leave the Church in droves. I would rather be in a congregation of 10 believers than 1000 reprobates.

    Kyle

  2. Diane said

    Kyle

    not every woman leaving these church denominations is reprobate. There are many reasons for this happening. If an individual has the attitude that “all these women are not saved”,”reprobate” etc they can best know they are part of the problem. I know that we strongly disagree on the “woman issue”, so we can agree to disagree, but it is not possible to have a ‘so what let them leave’ attitude without grieving the Holy Spirit.

  3. Kyle said

    Diane,

    I’m speaking in context of the post at hand. This was not an all encompassing blanket statement. Context! Context! Context!

    “Young women tend to express egalitarian values and dislike the traditionalism and hierarchies they imagine are integral to the church.”

    If you do not like traditional values like Man/Woman marriage only, being pro-life, and holiness then YES leave the Church. we don’t need women who, “dislike the traditionalism”. We don’t need a bunch of left wing feminist in the Church.

    “Dr Aune says the church must adapt to the needs of modern women if it is to stop them leaving in their droves.

    She believes many women have been put off going to church in recent years because of the influence of feminism”

    Go and leave then if you want to be a feminist. In fact go burn your bra somewhere else. And NO the Church does NOT have to adapt.

    You see YOUR the one who read to deep into my response. And really the Holy Ghost is not going to be grieved by a bunch of feminazis leaving the Church.

    P.S.

    That goes for Men too who have no backbone and do not act like Godly men according to scripture.

    Kyle

  4. Diane said

    Kyle

    I apologize for not responding sooner. I have been extremely busy and haven’t had the chance to be online.

    A marriage between one man and one woman, being pro-life, and holiness are Godly values and truths, not ‘traditionalism’. Godly women who believe in holiness are apart of those leaving a lot of churches. You may not believe the reasons are worth your consideration, and from your response, we would be better off praying for what’s happening in the church than discussing the issue.

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