Figuring Out Your Limits – The Masculinist

In other words, civic organizations in Allentown connected the economic elite to others in the community. But in Youngstown civic organizations were dominated by economic elites and thus the civic organizations, though separate entities, just reinforced existing networks rather than creating new ones. Other people were left out, unconnected. For our purposes, the Youngstown type system could create the illusion, if you were connected both to the economic network and the civic network, that you were connected to two separate networks, when in reality you were connected to only a single real network.

It’s very easy to see how this effect can come into play in Christian circles. For example, let’s say I’m connected to John Piper’s network (Desiring God) and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood network and the 9Marks network. I think I’m accessing all of these networks, but the fact is they overlap enormously. All of the networks in conservative Reformed circles are highly interconnected and form a largely closed system. There’s a vast array of Christian networks to which these groups are mostly not connected. (Even just within lower Manhattan, Evangelical churches and people are not nearly as connected with each other as you might think). So if you are trying to reach Christians and you are starting in Reformed circles, one of your asymptotes is this closed network structure.

A guy who saw this kind of problem coming a mile away and took preventive action was Tim Keller. Keller’s Redeemer is a big and successful megachurch, but his ambition was to reach New York City (and beyond) for Christ. Obviously no one church, even a multi-site one, could do that. So he decided to plant other churches.

Here’s where the ceiling comes into play. Keller’s church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America. He could have,…

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The Challenge of Recreating a Functional Household in Today’s World

After watching my interview with C. R. Wiley on building a 21st century household, a reader wrote in with his observations on this topic from the pandemic – Ed.

Here are some thoughts I’ve recently had on the 21st century household arising from my experience of working from home for more than a year (COVID), schooling from home, and spending every day in the same house as my wife and children.  Going into this I thought it would be like the pre-industrial life in which the whole family lived and worked on the farm or shop.  But now I’ve concluded it is nothing like it, and the reason is because my children make no substantial contribution to the family enterprise.  Instead, they are largely a time drain due to the schooling that they need.

What is different now from pre-industrial times?  I think foremost is that there are very few low-skill tasks in which children can make a positive contribution to the family economy.  The pre-industrial trades and crafts might have taken many years to master and require high skills to create the finished product, but I imagine that many low-skill tasks were required along the way in which children could help.  Such is not the case for my 21st-century job as a university professor.  I analyze large datasets for my research and teach undergraduate and graduate classes, neither of which can my children offer any help.  Why?  The computer and printer do the low-skill tasks of arithmetic computation, data recording, copying, text formatting, multiple-choice grading, etc. much more effectively than any human could.   Only the high-skill and high-knowledge tasks of directing the computer (coding), teaching and advising, and scientific writing and reviewing are left.  It’s typically the case that people cannot make a net positive contribution…

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The Divergences within Evangelicalism – The Masculinist

Jake Meador, editor of the online journal Mere Orthodoxy, will join us to talk about his publication and its role in the Protestant intellectual ecosystem. We will also discuss his recent book In Search of the Common Good.

Check out Jake Meador at Mere Orthodoxy and check out his book In Search of the Common Good.

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Having a Family and Being Happy

Boise State University political science professor Scott Yenor joins me to discuss his new book The Recovery of Family Life. We will discuss the “rolling revolution” on gender and the family that tends towards to abolition of both. We will cover a bit of the history of feminist thought, the beliefs of political liberalism, and the natural “grooves” that still seem to shape our life trajectories as men and women.

Read more about the book on his website, and you can buy the book on Amazon.

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The Consequences of the Fall of the Establishment – Podcast #35

Aaron M. Renn

When I started the Masculinist, the church was a barren wasteland for advice on sexuality. I barely saw anyone else writing constructively about even the most basic issues—things like attraction, the differences between men and women, marriage, divorce.

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