Theology of Masculinity

It’s Thursday. Time for some theology.

A couple days ago I posted about the difference between boys and girls, and how yes, we observe a difference, and so does Scripture, and no, the difference is not bad. Despite what our culture often tries to impress upon us, men and women are not “equals” in the sense that whatever one can do, so can the other. They are, however, equals in the sense that God has made salvation and eternal life free to all people, regardless of gender. But that’s about where the equality stops.

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What is the difference?

“Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.”

“Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.”

“Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. They are and always will be different.”

Of course, we all know that’s a bunch of bunk, right? We live in a more enlightened age, where we understand that there is nothing a boy can do that a girl cannot, and there is nothing a girl can do that a boy cannot. We have moved beyond archaic views of gender roles and gender stereotypes. Right? Right?!

Maybe I’m being a little bit crass. After all, people don’t really believe that. I’m clearly simplifying the debate to the level of the ridiculous, and thus making a straw man argument. But wait! According to this poll on Debate.org – and the many ensuing comments – nearly 50% of people who respond to the poll believe that gender equality is possible, and when you look at their comments, many are saying exactly what I said in the last paragraph!

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