Just had a thought.
One half* of the population is put off Christianity because it's twee and girly, or a nice thing for old ladies and small children, not real men.
The other half** is put off Christianity because it's misogynist, patriarchal and oppresses women.
Would it be fanciful to suggest that the devil is rubbing his hands in glee?
Might this not also suggest that, if Christianity is being interpreted in such contradictory ways, it's just possible neither interpretation is true?
*This is hyperbole.
** As is this.