In this week’s Mere Fidelity podcast, Matt, Andrew, Derek, and I are joined by our friend Nate Pyle, to discuss his new book, Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood. We discuss the meaning of masculinity and manliness and how Scripture speaks to the matter. (I have written a review of this book that should be coming out soon too).
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1. A lot of the way Pyle defined manhood conflated manliness with being good. Jack Donovan complains a lot about this: there is a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man.
2. Derek couldn’t think of distinct masculine virtues. But there are virtues (strength, courage, mastery and honour are good starts) that that are mandatory only for men, even if they are admirable in both sexes.
3. The discussion of authenticity was particularly good. However, it brought to mind the charge frequently leveled at men who adopt stereotypically masculine activities (shooting guns or wearing smoking jackets etc.): that they are merely projecting an image. Now, poseur masculinity does exist. Yet, at the same time, often, in the West, we are socialized away from a lot of those stereotypically masculine things, and they often feel extraordinarily well fitting when we finally encounter them.