To what cause may be attributed the growing tendency...

Aberdeen (Wash.) World

To what cause may be attributed the growing tendency of men to neglect the church? Why is it that men do not go to church? It was once the case that men manifested much interest in religious work, but now that manifestation is almost exclusively feminine. What's the matter with the men—or the church?

They are trying to find the answer to these questions here in Kansas City, and investigators are not numerically small. Interest in the subject follows the late visit of a noted divine who undertook to discuss the problem, and thereby started a discussion that seems unlikely to end for some time. The investigators concede at the outset that men do not attend church. Of course, conditions are not identical the country over. In some communities one will see many men at church. Generally speaking, however, the average present-day congregation is made up largely of women. Not only is the church relying now on the support of women, but even the theaters, music, art, letters, and philanthropy are actually dependent upon the interest of the gentler sex.

December 4, 1909

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