Coastal posted the follow-up link that Art of Manliness did on the feminization of Christianity.
It’s a good read overall.
Mainly, their contention is that it’s traceable back to the Romanticization of the relationship between Jesus and His bride (which leads to the “Jesus is my boyfriend” culture). This originated in the Catholic Church somewhere around 1000-1300 or so, and spread to Protestant Christianity as well. In particular,
- The notion that (agape) love is a feeling.
- The impression that (eros) love should be applied to the relationship of Jesus and His bride.
I think they did a good job tracing the overall roots, but they didn’t go exhaustive as they could’ve. The Renaissance period definitely had a large effect on the romanticization of not just religion but also culture.
Generally, what we know is that the culture invades the Church. Even the Catholic Church which has all male priesthood has issues with invasion of the culture. It’s not necessarily a symptom of “our” culture or rich cultures, which I had previously thought. The feminization is merely a symptom of allowing (any) cultural aspects to deter us from adhering to sound doctrine.