As a Christian convert, I find conversions to Islam baffling. There’s a slew of theological differences I don’t agree with, but the part I find striking is how extremism is readily welcomed compared to Christianity.
Yeah, sure on the internet you’re going to find a lot of people claiming to be “trad this” and “trad that” and just insert the denomination for this and that. But Christians overall, take issue with that, citing theology, the Bible, and/or tradition. However, many people in real life don’t embrace those views.
However, in real life, there are plenty of people who accept extremist Islamic views and want to see them become the dominant culture. This is especially prevalent with men. Why is it that extreme Islam is so attractive to men? I did some digging into some views and possible explanations and came across this:
(Disclaimer: These are just views and you don’t have to agree with all of them. Or the site they come from)
What I find interesting are the differences between men and women. Statistically speaking, there are more women who attend church than men. Men are more likely to become disillusioned with the Church (I speak largely in terms of Christendom here) and leave. Men, more than women, are more likely to become frustrated and dissatisfied with the lukewarm teaching given out at church and can’t see the beliefs acted out in their families.
In Catholicism, I see these same things at a slightly smaller scale, but still present nonetheless. The Church has become incredibly feminized and the spaces which were once for men and only men are being told they have to accept women-- in spite of the fact they are not theologically sound. When you look at Islam, none of this would be acceptable. As the article states, men see results in Islam, especially radical Islam, that they can’t see in Christianity.
Philosophically, how much of this is due to theological differences? How much of this is due to the worldly cultural infiltration of the Church?