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Catholic Men and Swords

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I can’t quite tell if the sword-wielding Catholic gentleman in the above video is joking or not when he complains about feminists and homosexuals making a mockery of modern men: I fear not. The sword is a recurring theme in men’s ministries, as I note in Numen, Old Men: ‘Once men have been released from […]

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2012 and Politics

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One of the things that tends to happen when researching 2012 is noticing how patterns and coincidences/synchronicities start abounding which give folks the impression that 2012 is clearly of special significance. My favorite is the 2012 election, which clearly has an eschatological spin to it when the lovely Sarah Palin is involved: I picked this […]

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Burning Man and Gender

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It’s that time of year again… For years now the Burning Man Festival has been marketing itself as the bastion of new edge thought: a utopian experiment, freeing itself from the nonsense of the regular world akin to Hakim Bey’s Temporary Autonomous Zone. For at least the past five years, the Burn has appeared an […]

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The New Masculinity: Value Voters Style

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Whenever I hear the words “new masculinity,” alarm bells ring, as it usually means the complete opposite: thus the title of my book, Numen, Old Men. Take, for example, the 2009 Value Voters Summit, which includes the “new” masculinity on its schedule: THE NEW MASCULINITY Dr. Pat Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Family […]

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2012: IHC TV

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As some of you will know, I am currently working on an academic book about 2012. If you haven’t already heard about 2012 you soon will, as it’s coming to a multiplex cinema near you. Recently, the hype has started to reach TV sets across America with the above hoax advert for the Institute of […]

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Smacks of Denial: Revisited

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Last month I posted a reprint of an old article I wrote—Smacks of Denial—in light of the citizens’ referendum in New Zealand about parents’ right to physically punish their children. 88% of Kiwis voted “No” to the skewed question, “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” […]

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Shelling the ARC

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Starting with the statement “Joseph Gelfer put me on to this”, Roland Boer has concluded that a shell should be launched into the Australian Research Council offices at Canberra, as part of a response to their poorly conceived ERA journal ranking exercise. Let the record show that I do not condone the use of violence […]

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Integral Men’s Movement

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In Numen, Old Men I dedicate a chapter to how Ken Wilber’s brand of integral spirituality resonates with much of the men’s movement of the 1990s: both mythopoetic and Christian. It seems the connections just keep on coming, as this week Integral Life plays host to Fr. Richard Rohr: the archetypal Christian mythopoet. It’s easy […]

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Australian Association for the Study of Religions

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Later this year I’ll be presenting at the Australian Association for the Study of Religions conference at Melbourne University, 29 November-1 December 2009, where I’ll further continue my explorations about the differences in Christian masculinities. Evangelical and Catholic Masculinities in Two Fatherhood Ministries In men’s ministries it is possible to distinguish between evangelical and Catholic […]