Don’t look now, but a national conversation is emerging on the state of American manhood and masculinity. Consider some of the relatively recent works published on the subject: The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys are Struggling and What to Do About It (2019), Man Enough: Undefining Masculinity (2021), Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters and What to Do about It (2022), and Manhood: The Masculine Virtues American Needs (2023). The conversation has made its way into the Evangelical world as well. Perhaps you have read recent works such as Wild at Heart Expanded Edition: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (2021), Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole (2013), and The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes (2023). Clearly manhood and masculinity is an increasingly important topic both in the world and in the Church.
The consensus in the conversation is that American masculinity faces a looming crisis. According to the latest statistics, fewer men are seeking active employment , men are delaying marriage at record levels , and men are reporting loneliness at record numbers. At the same time, deaths via alcohol, drugs, and suicides, often called “death of despair,” are rising to record levels. Emerging evidence even suggests men are less healthy and physically fit than the men of decades past . As a result, many voices are sounding the alarm and calling for a national conversation about both restoring men now and helping boys to avert a future crisis downstream.