Evangelical Masculinity: The Danger of Choosing John Wayne Over Jesus As the Model of Manhood

Kristin Du Mez is a researcher and author and she shares with Paul Swearengin what we can learn about evangelical politics through the understanding of the evangelical view of what is a “true man.” Du Mez tells how this view has become corrupted and impacts the treatment of women, our view of politics and even endangers our country. Buy her book at your local bookstore or on Amazon.

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Christian Manhood

[00:00:00] Kristen Du Mez, Author: [00:00:00] Christian manhood. What does it mean to be a Christian man?   the most popular book on Christian masculinity, probably still the all time, most popular book was John Eldridge’s  wild at heart.

[00:00:11] So Eldridge’s model of Christian manhood was a very aggressive masculinity, a warrior masculinity. So God is a warrior. God and men are made in God’s image.

[00:00:23] And, they are made to be aggressive and this is , how God designed men it’s the blueprint so that they can defend the church and their families and the nation.

[00:00:33] what struck me when I first read Eldridge and I kept coming back to was for all their talk of biblical manhood and,  biblical gender roles, there weren’t a ton of Bible verses in these books on Christian masculinity that I was reading. And those that were, were kind of just sprinkled, you know, decontextualized, but they loved looking to secular heroes to these mythical warriors. To. , Eldridge’s favorite, his favorite was Mel [00:01:00] Gibson’s, William Wallace right in the movie Braveheart, but I mean, he had a whole cast of characters. . But, the more I started reading these books,  John Wayne just kept popping up again and again, as the icon of Christian manhood.

[00:01:12] And if you know anything about John Wayne, that was puzzling.  what I came to see was that, one of the reasons that they loved these kind of secular and mythical models of masculinity and seemed to prefer,  them to, drawing on, Christian heroes and very devout Christian men as models of, of Christian manhood, as you might expect them to do was because they embraced such a militant ideal that it was actually men who were unencumbered by traditional Christian virtues. Like, you know, say the fruits of the spirit, love and joy and gentleness and self control and patience. Right. These men who would be constrained by those virtues are not particularly militant men. And so they actually drew on these secular [00:02:00] heroes , to really exemplify what they were labeling as Christian manhood.

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