What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible

by John Piper

Other authorsElisabeth Elliot (Foreword)
Paperback, 2008



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Crossway (2008), 96 pages


John Piper examines gender issues from a biblical perspective, showing how the teaching of true biblical manhood and womanhood affects the roles of men and women in the home, the church, and the wider society.

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LibraryThing member nesum
I generally like Piper a great deal, and my criticisms of this book are more due to the topic than his arguments. I simply don't think he is entirely clear on the differences between the sexes. The reason I say that this criticism is more about the topic is that I don't think anyone has been very
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clear about it. And I can't really complain about Piper here because I don't think I can do any better.

The roles of the sexes is one of the most complicated and misunderstood topics in Scripture. On the one had the rules seem very restrictive, and on the other, very freeing. It is not as simply as just saying, "Women can never teach," because that is not at all true. But the New Testament does set down these guidlines of what is appropriate for men and women to do within the church, and we're still arguing about how that translates into a Christian life.

And it doesn't help that most people are scared to look into this topic for fear of being labled a sexist. That doesn't really help anyone.

I (and Piper, obviously) see something wonderful in the differences between men and women, something complementary. Piper does about as well as I have seen to explain that. I'm not sure that I can, except that I often recognize it when it is happening properly, and I certainly recognize it when it is thrown aside.
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LibraryThing member eve2ivy
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LibraryThing member laholmes
Still a greatly helpful book by John Piper, although printed in 1990. He lays out clearly the ways that men and women are different. I think he is careful to not make it merely gender roles as typically thought, using the illustration of his own mother.

This is a quick read to get someone started
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on thinking Biblically with regard to gender, sexuality, roles, and more. It does not get bogged down by the deep philosophy of some larger works.
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