For the past few weeks, I’ve been facilitating a men’s group meeting at my church, talking about biblical masculinity while interfacing with Larry Crabb’s book The Silence of Adam. Someone just before class last night asked me what I thought of the book.
There are many things I like and many things I dislike. While I have not made it a priority as of yet to read all significant works about the topic, I have been largely unimpressed with the literature from conservative evangelical authors (or authors who are often read by conservative evangelical readers). I find a great many assertions are made but are not proven to be so from Scripture.
What I’m looking for is a careful exegesis of Scripture which yields a picture of masculinity distinct from femininity that has less to do with a counter-feminism movement and more to do with a biblical picture of what regenerated men should look like. Unfortunately, most of what is out there seems to be anecdotal and woefully lacking in sound biblical foundations.
Has anyone found a book that fits the criteria above to some extent? What did you like about it? What did it seem to lack?