Session 2 Study Questions - The Feminization of the 21st Century
"I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons
and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:18
- Are women more likely to attend services of the church than men? If so,
what would be your guess at the percentage? Are women more likely to declare
themselves religious than men? What do you believe the trend has been over
the past 30 years? Do you believe this was the case in New Testament times?
(Find a passage to substantiate your views if you do.)
- Are women more likely to hold positions of authority in the church today
than, say, 30 years ago? If so, do you think there has been a dramatic shift
to more female leadership and authority in the church? In our class on the
role of women in the church we examined leadership roles of women in the New
Testament church. What were some of those possible roles of leadership? (Find
passages to substantiate your views if you believe that women held positions
- If you believe that women are more active in the Christian church in the
United States, do you believe that this trend persists in other parts of the
world among Christians?
- What do you believe to be the relative interest in and participation in
religious activities by men compared to women among the Jews, the Muslims
and the Eastern Orthodox?
- Do you believe there is something inherently more appealing about Christianity
to women compared to men? Do you view certain aspects of our society to encourage
women to be more active in the church than men?
- Can you identify distinctly masculine Christian expressions during the
centuries. (Hint: Martin Luther wrote a famous hymn which can be found in
our song books. Does this hymn have a "masculine" ring to it?)
- Some have suggested that the Restoration Church exhibited distinctly masculine
characteristics. Can you think of what those characteristics might be? (Don't
worry about this question if you are not familiar with Restoration Church
- Occasional commentators upon our society have suggested that men have developed
their own "religion" which replaces Christianity (and other established
religions). What might be some of the characteristics of this religion?
- Do you believe that the women's movement in society and in the church has
created a major (perhaps the major) problem with men finding their role in