Check out this surprisingly rigorous critique of the “New Masculinity” movement among evangelicals in this month’s Christianity Today. What scares me most about this kind of theology is not that it calls men to be bold, but that it implies women cannot and should not be.
No, wait. What scares me most about it is the way it blames women for everything that’s wrong with the church.
No, that’s not it either. What scares me most is how, by so blatantly defining Jesus according to marketing strategies (i.e. by what will bring men back to church) rather than allowing him to define himself, the “New Masculinity” movement actually contributes to the decline of the church rather than ameliorating it.
For those who would like to learn more about how the binary gender construct is screwing up the church (and basically everything else), I recommend Virginia Ramey Mollenkott‘s Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach.
(Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog.)