Friday, May 11, 2012

father hunger: a review

Though my rating is 1-star, there is something I like about this premise. Families do need their fathers. The epidemic of abandonment by fathers, those who leave completely or are withdrawn, is killing our children, sons and daughters. It's causing women to be over-taxed, over-burdened, and over-functioning.

Unfortunately, the patriarchal base of this author overshadows any upside of the book, and is its greatest flaw. Wilson needs to actually be calling men out of tyranny into a relationship of mutual love and submission with their wives and a male example free of uneasy male dignity and "machoness."

Wilson instead reaffirms tired old patriarchal gender roles and calls men to "man up" and be all the traditional manly things.

Additionally, he repeatedly asserts that Christian egalitarians are uncomfortable with gender distinctions, which is completely untrue. Egalitarians support men and women using the gifts they have been given as individuals in the family and society. For that reason, husbands and wives are to submit to one another in accordance with Ephesians 5. Children will benefit from this as they will have an example of how renewed and redeemed creation interacts. They will see that the patriarchy that is still pervasive in culture doesn't fly in God's new creation.

Children that grow up in that sort of household will undoubtedly become much more well-adjusted adults.

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