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Saturday 23 August 2008, by Webmaster
Buffy the Vampire Slayer blamed for 50,000 women abandoning church every year - because it makes ’witchcraft’ attractive
The Church of England has lost at least 50,000 women from its congregation every year since 1989, a sociologist said today.
Kristin Aune, from the University of Derby, said many young women were put off going to church because they linked it with traditional values.
She also said TV favourites such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who promote female empowerment, discouraged women from attending church.
Kristin Aune from Derby University claims women are abandoning the church because of its traditional values and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which she claims focus on female empowerment, attract women to witchcraft instead of the church.
’Because of its focus on female empowerment, young women are attracted by Wicca, popularised by the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
’Young women tend to express egalitarian values and dislike the traditionalism and hierarchies they imagine are integral to the church.
’Women’s ordination, as priests and now bishops, has dominated debate and headlines.
’But while looking at women in the pulpit, we have taken our eyes off the pews, where a shift with more consequences for the church’s survival is underway.’
Dr Aune believes many women find it difficult to find time for church as they juggle their working lives with their families.
She also thinks senior clergy remaining silent about sex is driving women away as they feel the church requires them to deny their desires.
Dr Aune added: ’Gone are the days when the mother was at home during the day and had time to visit the church’s coffee mornings and mother and toddler groups.
’With the pressures women face, churches must adapt to make themselves more accessible.
’One such church in London launched a Saturday breakfast club and it proved a success with women who were out at work during the week.’
The university said the numbers of women leaving the church come from the English Church Census, which Dr Aune used in research for her new book entitled Women and Religion in the West, of which she is a co-author.