Gender 

From boys to men

There is, it would seem, a problem with men. There is something wrong with our conceptions of masculinity (NB: Some swearing). There are too many examples of toxic masculinity to list. We wonder, time and time again, what does it mean to be a man? The quest is on in search of non-toxic manhood. Masculinity needs redefining, men need help to form friendships, and boys need some help, they are even underpaid! Although let’s not get too carried away. Roger Olson observes that we have feminism but we don’t have…

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Articles 

In Peterson we trust?

We are, it seems, still living in the Jordan Peterson moment, as every man and his dog chimes in with reaction, praise or criticism to Peterson, his 12 rules and what it all means. One interesting note is how often people link the word ‘gospel’ with Peterson. On the one hand it’s an easy, lazy headline but it also strikes at the heart of what Peterson is doing. He is a herald, he is proclaiming a message. Everyone seems to be agreed on that; but as is our wont we…

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Gender 

The troubled man

It is not uncommon these days to hear about a crisis of masculinity. If you think, this only comes from reactionary misogynists committed to the defence of patriarchy then think again. There are plenty of voices from across the political spectrum who are deeply concerned with the state of modern man. The idea that men are somehow doing badly is a paradoxical one, as The Economist rightly, pointed out in an editorial on the subject: At first glance the patriarchy appears to be thriving. More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers…

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Gender 

To help & not to hurt

I have two children; a seven year old boy and a five year old girl. My daughter is on the tiny side, while she packs a lot of character into her small frame she is woefully under-gunned when it comes to handling her big brother. My son is not small for his age, quite the opposite – he is tall, wiry, surprisingly strong and when he hits, it hurts. So whenever I have to talk with my son, (after having first consoled my stricken daughter) the conversation always ends with a…

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Gender 

Violent

Men are violent beasts. Since Cain did his brother Abel in, men have been bashing, cutting, stabbing, punching, detonating, shooting, destroying people and things ever since. Women, of course, are not immune to this propensity to kill, maim and destroy but by and large if something violent is happening somewhere in the world it’s a fairly safe bet a man is involved. Violence against women is a particularly insidious and disturbingly common form of violence. In the fifteen years or so that I have been in church leadership I have had the sad…

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Gender 

Men are stronger

Over the last couple of days I’ve stated something that shouldn’t be controversial but is: that men and women at a fundamental biological level are different – our chromosomes, our bone structure, our hormones, our differing responses to disease and yes our genitals mean that we are not the same. My case today is to draw out some of the implications of this because it does have implications, positive and negative for both men and women. Here is one fact that has profound implications: Men are stronger than women. There are…

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Gender 

The same but different (part 2)

Yesterday I posted a longer article about the challenges contemporary society has in even being able to answer the questions ‘what is a man?’ and ‘what is a woman?’ I also found a very similar article I had in draft form, but had never published. It is similar but offers different examples and links. Here it is: In our secular age the church mostly makes the news when it is out of step with the dominant progressive agenda in the West. This has played out in a number of obvious…

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Gender 

Men and women are different but it’s complicated

Just recently, Germaine Greer made the news by saying that transgendered women are not real women. When you need the obvious stating, it’s always good to get an Australian to do it. Yet the question, ‘what is a woman?’, gets to the root of many modern issues and to the foundations of building a biblical view of men and women. The dispute ranges across all the disciplines (it would be a mistake to single out theology as necessarily any worse or better than other subject) including the sciences. Despite the growing awareness of…

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