Ok, Ok. I’ll lay out what I think is going on.
I really like what Daniel Meyer said, but what I’m about to say will be more sociological, which means trigger warning I’ll be doing a lot of stereotyping.
Engineers support Warhorn because Warhorn is Reformed, and Reformed churches contain lots of engineers. Engineers tend to be beta men more so than alpha men, in the sense that they are more comfortable with details than big picture stuff. As such, they are not suited to lead men, but are suited to follow big picture alpha men and help them implement their vision.
Engineers tend to be professional men. They have college degrees. Civil engineers like me have to be licensed with the state. Professional men are a kind of priestly class in modern society. You’re a professional if you have a license, you went to college, you earn a salary, and you don’t fear the prospect of your work being being outsourced to China or done by illegal immigrants. You are part of a union that isn’t called a union but rather a professional society.
Because of their beta status, but also because the level of the their education tends to be strictly undergraduate and intensely technical, engineers are behind lawyers, doctors, musicians, artists, New York Times editors, professors and others possessing the Terminal Degree in Reformed churches. As such, engineers are respected, but there’s a pecking order. Graduate education > undergraduate education. Arts > Sciences. Science > Engineering. Software engineers have gained some prestige in recent years as culture makers and shapers, but engineers who manage factory floors or inspect rusty steel beams don’t quite have that same prestige.
Engineers tend to be mostly men, and work around and for men. As a civil/structural guy, I’m on the phone a lot with contractors and blue collar men who discipline me by informing me that my drawings suck and I don’t know what I’m talking about. There’s something very male about that. It forces you to realize that men build things. Men solve problems. Men rib each other and they aren’t always nice about it. Even for engineers, the truth of sex is OBVIOUS in our day to day work.
When engineers read Warhorn, I suspect many of them read about the truth of sex and it seems intuitive to them. That makes them liable to support the work.
Engineers are not sophisticated in their reading. They get very little liberal arts in school. They’re not all that well read, nor are many of them all that interested in books, art, culture. Warhorn writes plainly and simply, so they like it.
Being unsophisticated means you are not liable to worry overmuch about What Others Think. By Others, I mean the New York Times. Wheaton College. Covenant Seminary. The Gospel Coalition. Engineers are bad at politics because they don’t do subtlety and social cues.
Engineers support Warhorn, not knowing that Warhorn is the Wrong Kind of People.
Engineers need help in the work of discernment. Warhorn is well equipped to help them in that work.
I don’t know that Warhorn should take pride in having so many engineers supporting it. But if you attract mostly practical, un-sophisticated men who know a little something about how to make things happen, you’re on the right track. Just make sure most of those men are blue collar who can discipline the engineers. Too many engineers means the paralysis of analysis.
Remember the sort of men Jesus chose to be His disciples, and what sort of men the Pharisees and Sadducees were.