Redeeming the Patriarchy

Christianity Offers the Superior Script for Harmony Between the Sexes

A Google Ngram depicting usage of the phrase “the patriarchy” in books published over the past 200 years shows that occurrences took off beginning around the 1960s. Similarly, two studies conducted in 1970 and 2005 demonstrated that women’s views of men have grown more critical. What’s happened? Have men’s characters deteriorated, or have women’s views toward men become more cynical? The answer, Nancy Pearcey suggests, is both, but to understand how and why, we have to look further back in history.

In The Toxic War on Masculinity, she surveys norms and attitudes in American history from colonial times, when the hardy frontiersman was admired, through the Industrial Revolution,...

 

 is Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #67, Winter 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo67/redeeming-the-patriarchy

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