Friday, May 1, 2009

Where are the men?

Great post from Phil Johnson over at Pyromaniacs:

One of the recurring figures of masculinity that John Eldredge keeps bringing up in Wild at Heart is Maximus from the movie Gladiator. A fantasy character! The subtitle of the book is Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. But here is the secret of a man's soul according to John Eldredge: "Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue."

That's a fairy-tale perspective. It's an irresponsible little boy's notion of manhood. It lacks any biblical foundation whatsoever. But Wild at Heart is the single most influential book on Christian manhood published by any evangelical publisher in the past three decades. That says something about the state of the church. Meanwhile one of the best books actually dealing with the subject biblically is The Mark of a Man: Following Christ's Example of Masculinity—by Elizabeth Elliot.

Doesn't it say something about the state of the evangelical movement when so many men are writing bad books on Christian manhood, and the one current book that comes to mind dealing with the subject soberly and biblically was written by a woman?

Read the entire post HERE.

1 comment:

Doug said...

Interesting post. Are you familiar with John Eldreges message, "The Utter Refief of Holiness"? I would be interested in hearing what you think of that. It is a resource available from Ransomed Heart Ministries.

Not sure why Eldredge and PK are the targets they are these days. Are they that bad?