Man at prayerThe following is an excerpt from WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH (Revised edition). Completely reorganized and updated, this edition adds more than 70% new material. It hits bookshelves in September 2011.

Christianity is still growing worldwide, but it is losing ground to two aggressive competitors: secularism and Islam.

Secularism is the de facto religion in much of Europe today. Rationalism, materialism, anarchy, and environmental extremism are a few of its common guises. It’s on the rise in America as well. A study from Trinity College found the number of adults who say they subscribe to no religion rose from 8 to 15 percent between 1990 and 2008. Twenty-two percent of young adults are religious “nones,” sug- gesting secularism will expand rapidly in coming generations.

Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion—and not coincidentally, it’s also wildly popular with men. Since 1950 the number of Christians in the world has doubled, but the number of Muslims has more than tripled. In the US, Islam has made its strongest inroads in the African-American community. More than 90 percent of the converts to Islam in the United States are African-American men, such as Suleiman Azia. He grew up in a Baptist church in Tennessee but turned to Islam as an adult. His chief reason: his church was attended mostly by women. “In Islam I found a stronger ideal of brotherhood and moral discipline—and of manhood,” Azia says.

Why are secularism and islam on the rise? Both have proven their ability to capture the hearts of men. in spiritual matters children have always followed their fathers. In all of human history, no religion has prospered without the robust participation and leadership of men. The religion that wins men, wins.