More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar
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(05-28-2016, 02:06 AM)introvert Wrote:
Quote:The overall decline of religiosity among men. It's often observed that, in Europe, the men tend to stay in the back of the church (if they bother to come at all) and chatter amongst themselves about sports or other trivialities while the women and children sit up front. Accounts of the 19th and early 20th centuries tell the same story, particularly amongst certain ethnic groups, such as Italians, where religion had become something deemed highly personal or worse, feminine.

I'm surprised to read this was happening in the 19th century??? That long ago! I kept thinking a lot of these issues were relatively modern, like mid-20th century.

I was a bit surprised at first too, but after thinking about it for a bit I think it makes sense. We often think of VII as the beginning of the deline, but really it was an endpoint. A series of innovations and changes that stretch back to the 19th century laid the groundwork for it to be even possible for it to happen. It was only a matter of time before it became widespread.
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Re: More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar - by PrairieMom - 05-28-2016, 01:05 PM



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