The web has been buzzing in recent weeks over the controversial issue as to whether Christianity is a "masculine" religion. Mark Driscoll jump-started the current round in an old debate during a podcast interview with Justin Brierley in which Driscoll illegitimately criticized British Christianity as being characterized by a feminine ministry. Driscoll added insult to injury by criticizing Brierley's wife, who is a pastor. Summaries of Driscoll's comments are available elsewhere; so I'll not describe them in detail here. Suffice it to say that Driscoll carelessly suggested that the sort of thinking that leads to women holding positions of ministry leadership is related to a variety of deficient views on atonement, hell, and, not least, one's doctrine of God.
The debate gained some momentum soon afterwards when pastor and author John Piper declared that God has given Christianity a "masculine feel."
Read the rest of this article on Seedbed.com to find out what Piper's supposedly "masculine" Christianity may have in common with second century Gnosticism.