Women Religious and Religious Women

Faith and practice in women’s lives

Authored by: Pat Starkey

The Routledge History of Women in Europe Since 1700

Print publication date:  December  2005
Online publication date:  April  2006

Print ISBN: 9780415301039
eBook ISBN: 9780203969120
Adobe ISBN: 9781134419067

10.4324/9780203969120.ch6

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Abstract

Callum Brown has recently argued that by withdrawing their support for institutional Christianity and cancelling what he calls their ‘subscription to [its] discursive domain’ women have accelerated the inexorable decline of a centuries-old religious culture and moral consensus in Britain. He claims that in recent centuries Christianity in all its many and various manifestations attracted more female adherents than male so that their demonstrable flight from the churches since the 1960s has resulted in a dramatic drop in attendance at worship as they, the erstwhile most pious and most diligent members of all denominations, appear no longer to find relevance in Christian teachings and ritual.1

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