John Piper spoke about the “manly” ministry of J. C. Ryle the other day and stated that “God has given Christianity a masculine feel.” You can find the full text here, and a news item on his statements here.
I’ll say more about this later. For now, I’m just wondering what you think about the social-rhetorical, ideological, and biblical-theological moves that are involved in what Piper said. That is, how does he move from biblical data to theological formulation? Are his moves “ideology-free,” or are there other things going on as he moves from biblical text to theological vision?