December 26, 2015 Matt Pennock

Constructivism

Constructivism is an important word to know when studying masculinity and manhood. It is typically the approach used to attack, criticize, demean, or otherwise devalue the role of men and masculinity in the world.

Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. It has influenced a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education and the history of science. During its infancy, constructivism examined the interaction between human experiences and their reflexes or behavior-patterns. Jean Piaget called these systems of knowledge schemata.

Source: Constructivism (philosophy of education) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Because the Bible is a book meant to reveal truth and not just mere facts, it is written in a variety of ways intended to make a reader’s spirit come alive. Facts don’t make one’s spirit come alive, but truth does.

Truth is not something that can be “deconstructed” because it is not the sum of a bunch of facts. Therefore there is a “mystery” to it:

Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18:37-38

The Hebrew words for man (ish) and woman (ishah) reflect a truth and as such cannot be deconstructed into anything meaningful. The Hebrew words for male (zaqar) and female (neqabah) however are based on facts and could be deconstructed.

Deconstruction of masculinity often looks something like this:

Masculinity

  1. aggression
    1. violence
      1. pain
      2. suffering
    2. fighting
    3. domination
      1. selfishness
  2. testosterone
    1. sex drive
      1. lust
    2. jealousy
    3. objectification of women
      1. rape
      2. exploitation

Searching for truth therefore must, and will, take you far beyond where constructivism ever could. The more you try to “deconstruct” truth, the bigger and more profound—and even mysterious—it becomes:

Masculinity

  1. Sacrifice
    1. security
    2. protection
    3. continuation of life
  2. Provision
    1. giving
    2. loving
    3. blessing
  3. Leadership
    1. guiding
      1. strengthening
      2. encouraging
      3. building up
      4. enabling

It is evident then how the world does not love the truth but rather prefers to deconstruct everything and, essentially, distort and twist the truth.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20

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