How are men and women different?
How does being a male or a female affect us at work? What are the roles of husband and wife in marriage and parenting? What does Christianity have to do with any of these things?
Sexual identity lies at the core of the crucial questions that everyone asks of life. Yet today those questions are harder and harder to answer. Traditions about the "real man" and the "woman's place" have been challenged. Scientists debate what nature actually dictates for male and female. And theologians engage in heated controversy over what the Bible really says about female submission and male headship.
In this sane yet provocative book, an informed social scientist and committed Christian thinker braves a jungle of confusion to offer unusual insight on the part genes, culture and faith play in making us the men and women we are -- and ought to become.
Part 1: Understanding the Issues
1. Why Read This Book?
2. Male and Female in the Biblical Drama
3. How to Think about Sex and Gender
Part 2: Nature and Nurture
4. Genes and Gender
5. Hormones and Hemispheres
6. Nature, Culture and Common Grace
Part 3: Parents and Partners
7. The Persistence of Patriarchy
8. The Case for Co-Parenting
9. Marriage, Family and the Kingdom of God
Part 4: Achievement and Attraction
10. Gender, Work and Christian Vocation
11. Sexual Values in a Secular Age
12. All Things Made New