Maureen Dowd,
one of the nation’s most articulate and quotable liberal columnists,
was in Washington, DC today for a book-signing appearance at one of the
local Border’s bookstores. I was in town to deliver a public
lecture on “A Christian Vision of Beauty,” so my friend Dr. Mark Dever
and I headed for the bookstore at lunch hour in order to meet Ms. Dowd.
We couldn’t resist.

It’s not every day that you get to meet the leading feminist columnist for The New York Times. Ms. Dowd did not disappoint. She was clever, winsome, and glad to sign a copy of her new book, Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. The book is important in several aspects, and I will publish a review in an upcoming commentary.

Ms. Dowd, whose caustic wit ranks with Dorothy Parker, demonstrated
her sense of humor in signing her books. After I introduced myself, she
wrote a message right under the title question: Are Men Necessary?. She wrote to me: You are! For Dr. Dever she wrote: Absolutely!

Well, it’s not every day that two complementarian evangelical men
get their existence affirmed by Maureen Dowd. It’s true — these are
strange times.

P.S.:  Don’t tell him, but I bought a copy of the book for Dr. Russ Moore, my colleague and guest host for The Albert Mohler Program.
She inscribed the book for him as well.  I thought he needed the
affirmation, but he’ll have trouble explaining this to his