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Boys are dangerous… by bigplew
May 25, 2007, 11:03 am
Filed under: Culture, Roles and Relationships

by Mike Plewniak

or, at least they should be. Boys and girls are different. It’s amazing to me what a revelation this fact is to so many people. A new book, “The Dangerous Book for Boys“, is emphasizing this difference and receiving a lot of criticism for it. Even having “boys” in the title has caused some controversy. It’s a book that teaches boys how to be boys…build tree houses, go carts, paper airplanes, tie knots, etc… It also has maps of great battles, an introduction to artillery, and how to build water balloons. Sweet.

Al Mohler wrote a post on this book and why it is good here. He also points out that what is contained in this book will not make boys into godly men, but it is a good starting place for them to “turn off the television and the PlayStation. Then get ready to watch the paper airplanes fly and the water bombs burst.”

Here are truths that I would agree with about men’s and women’s roles. This is from The Danvers Statement (I’ve abbreviated parts of it for space):

Based on our understanding of Biblical teachings, we affirm the following:

1. Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18).

2. Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14).

3. Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9).

4. The Fall introduced distortions into the relationships between men and women (Gen 3:1-7, 12, 16).

5. The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28).

6. Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse.

7. In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission-domestic, religious, or civil-ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2).

10. We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.

Also, here is a video promoting the book which I found hilarious:

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That’s incredible! I can’t wait to get my copy.

Comment by kevin shipp

If they play Playstation all the time, will they read a book?

Comment by joshcan

this book they will….at least, that’s the goal.

Comment by bigplew

Thanks so much for sharing this. I hope my little brothers can get the book… It’s right up their alley 😉 Although……. might be kinda scary for the rest of us :-/

Comment by BrittLeigh

Update: I got home from New Attitude and my son, Zeke, had gotten the book in the mail while I was gone. He wanted me to read it to him IMMEDIATELY. We are beginning on paper airplanes.

Comment by bigplew




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