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The War on Men - Why Society Hates Them and Why we Need Them

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Men—and masculinity in general—are under attack. For society to succeed, we need strong men to lead us in all areas of life.

The war on men is a war on civilization.

Strong men are not “toxic.” If they go away, evil men take their place, and weak men offer no resistance.

The idea that masculine men—assertive, risk-taking, single-minded—are a problem to be solved threatens our whole society. The cultural elites cheering the decline of men are trying to erase God’s design for half of the human race—the half that historically provides, protects, and leads for the good of others. The disappearance of the masculine ideal is bad news for men, and it’s terrible news for women.

What will happen without men of courage and conviction? Who will do the hard jobs that no one else can do? Who will be left to face down evil, strengthen families, build churches, and bolster communities? Owen Strachan addresses those questions in this compelling new book, an inspiring blend of cultural analysis, biblical teaching, and passionate exhortation. Cutting through the ideological fog, he explains what’s at stake. If men are told they’re not needed, they disappear, becoming lost men. They get frustrated and lash out, becoming angry men. They go alpha and chase their lusts, becoming exaggerated men. Or they lose their masculinity and embrace effeminacy, becoming soft men.

And yet there is hope, rooted in the wisdom and grace of God. In His kindness, He transforms lost, angry, exaggerated, and soft men into a force for good in this world.

Male or female, if you want to understand manhood better, if you are tired of feminized men, this book is for you. It’s for struggling sons, disillusioned friends, discouraged coworkers, confused college students, disheartened grandfathers, concerned mothers, and everyone in between.

Soft men make for hard times, but hard times produce strong men.


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Product Details

  • Cover Type: Paperback 
  • 256 Pages 
  • Publication Date: Oct.2023
  • ISBN: 978-1684514458


“Vigilance, steadfastness, and strength are identified as masculine virtues in 1 Corinthians 16:13. Radical feminism and postmodern gender theory argue that those qualities (and other typically masculine traits) are inherently oppressive, overbearing, onerous, or in other ways ‘toxic.’ Government, education, and the entertainment industry relentlessly promote that point of view. Indeed, the deliberate, methodical demonization of masculinity is one of the main reasons we are now witnessing the speedy collapse of Western society. Owen Strachan shows why the current assault on masculinity has been so corrosive on human relationships at every level of our culture. He has been at the forefront of this battle for more than a decade, and he makes a compelling biblical and rational case for the recovery of and respect for a biblical view of manhood—showing in the process why this is such a vitally urgent matter, especially for Christians.” —JOHN MacARTHUR, senior pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

“This book is important because men really are not toxic … God designed men on purpose and with a purpose … This book is important because men need the grace and mercy of God to reclaim and reassert their manhood in today’s antimasculine world.” —Voddie Baucham Jr., dean of the School of Divinity at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, and the author of the bestseller Fault Lines

“Dr. Owen Strachan has written a manifesto for modern men. He shows that the world, the flesh, and the devil are against men as never before. This exegetically driven book will help build strong men of God.” —BLAKE WHITE, lead pastor of South Side Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas

“The devil wages war on men because if he can destroy strong men, he can exploit the home, the Church, and society. I believe it is immensely important for Christians to think critically about this subject and be equipped to stand strong in a culture seeking to emasculate men. Whatever your background, let Strachan’s book challenge your worldview, opinions, and even preconceived notions about manhood.” —COSTI W. HINN, teaching pastor at Shepherd’s House Bible Church, Chandler, Arizona, and founder and president of For the Gospel

“Our days are marked by unprecedented confusion about what it means to be a man. Forces in our culture denigrate masculinity as “toxic” and push a false narrative about what it means to be a man. Many in our churches have been influenced to these ideas, and as a result, many Christian men are on the sidelines in their homes and communities. In The War on Men, Owen Strachan speaks courageously and exposes the ways in which unbiblical worldviews vilify God’s purpose for men. Our churches and communities will be safer, freer, and stronger if the men among us live out the godly vision for manhood laid out in this book.” – LTG (RET.) William Boykin, Founding member of Delta Force, Executive Vice President of Family Research Council

“Biblical manhood is under vicious assault as never before. Radical feminism is rampant, while passive masculinity is spreading like a malignant tumor. Society, the Church, and families are being devastated. This book by Owen Strachan, The War on Men, takes significant and decisive steps to point us back in the right direction. Not only does Strachan make the right diagnosis, he prescribes the medicine for the cure. Read this book.” —Steven J. Lawson, president of OnePassion Ministries, professor at the Master’s Seminary, teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries, and lead preacher at Trinity Bible Church of Dallas


“Satan is on the warpath, seeking to destroy everyone who bears the image of God—men, women, and children. And increasingly, that war has its crosshairs set on men and masculinity. But God designed men, and while we recognize sin distorts everything, masculinity in itself is a good thing. I’m thankful for Owen’s bold and powerful defense of biblical manhood. It’s much needed today!” —Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, Ark Encounter, and the Creation Museum

“This book by Owen Strachan represents a call to ‘man up’ in the middle of a revolution that rejects humanity’s binary design, made in God’s image. At the same time, Owen is sounding the alarm to rally an army of strong and godly men who would raise their voices for God in defense of a biblical manhood capable of challenging the forces of evil behind this gender ideology. In one way or another, the author is calling those of us with biblical convictions to stand in the gap at a time when many have been wrongly convinced about the need for men to be of weaker character as a way of undoing the macho figure. And yet, this book will help you see that the way to accomplish such a task is by building stronger men in the image of the most manly, courageous, decisive, determined, secure, and compassionate leader of all time: our Lord and commander-in-chief, Jesus Christ. Read this book, and get in the gap!” —Dr. Miguel Núñez, senior pastor of the International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and founder and president of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries

“The modern disdain for men has reached a point of absurdity. It is time for some clear and rational words of common sense and transcendent insights from our Creator. Owen Strachan steps up to do just that. He tackles the pressing issues of our day in his well-researched, biblically anchored, and forthright manner. You should read this book, ponder its truths, and be willing to recalibrate your understanding of what is and what should be. May God use Strachan’s writing to restore our sanity, strengthen our hearts, and embolden our mouths to speak out as we fearlessly push back against this raging war on men.” —Mike Fabarez, author of Raising Men, Not Boys, and pastor of Compass Bible Church, Aliso Viejo, California

"From the very beginning, God has planned to raise up faithful and fearless men. Men are called to be faithful to God and fear nothing and no person other than Him. Our progressive and Goddenying culture seeks to strip men of their manliness and raise up a new generation of feminized men who are weak and fearful. Such men become puppets of society rather than courageous God-worshipers who faithfully serve God in all spheres of life. Owen Strachan does a great job of encouraging men to remain faithful to their calling and to refuse to repent of their manliness.” —Dr. Josh Buice, pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia, founder and President of G3 Ministries, and assistant professor of preaching at Grace Bible Theological Seminary


OWEN STRACHAN is the provost and research professor of theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary and a senior fellow for the Family Research Council’s Center for Biblical Worldview. Strachan holds a doctorate in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a master’s degree from Southern Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. The author of numerous books, including Christianity and Wokeness, Reenchanting Humanity, and Always in God’s Hands, he is married and the father of three children.

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