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Luring men back into church

It appears that not only is church attendance declining overall, church leaders fear that religion and churchgoing is becoming increasingly seen as something that mainly women do, which is likely to lead to even greater male defections from religious institutions. Stephen Colbert looks at some novel attempts to boost attendance and to also give worship a more manly image.

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  1. moarscienceplz says

    Re: churches giving out prizes – Hey! Maybe they could put a money-changing booth in the courtyard of the sanctuary. That would be convenient for the business traveler and it could teach the kids about money from foreign countries. Who wouldn’t love that?

  2. lorn says

    I think he’s on to something. I would tune into a show featuring Christians versus lions. Think of the ratings.

  3. Irreverend Bastard says

    Re: Now that “christian rock” has conclusively failed, would they please stop?

    No, they’ll do what good Christians always do, they double down on the failure and crank up the volume.

  4. elpayaso says

    becoming increasingly seen as something that mainly women do

    maybe they need something like the Cheech Marin character in From Dusk Til Dawn…..??

  5. Jockaira says

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you want to get men back into church, you need more pole dancers and free beer.

  6. Nick Gotts says

    I would tune into a show featuring Christians versus lions. – lorn

    But it wouldn’t be a fair fight! The Christians could just pray, and the lions would drop dead, or turn into purring pussycats, or start roaring in tongues…

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