There is a very interesting book that has been around for a while called The Feminization of American Culture by Ann Douglas. Professor Douglas brings up some very insightful points about how religion became subjected to feminization in the more affluent era of the mid to late 19th century. Whereas the more visceral Calvinism informed the Protestantism of an earlier era in America, the more passive and feminine Unitarianism favored by the rising class of intellectuals and merchants took hold of the American psyche. It is this feminization that took the masculine God who was worthy of worship and the judge of sinful people and made Him into friendly, middle class uncle. It signaled the beginning of the end for Biblical inerrancy in the main stream Protestant churches. Evidently the Roman Catholic Church has undergone a similar invasion since Vatican II.