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John Eldredge: Intention and Effect

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One of the things I talk about in Numen, Old Men is the difference between intention and effect in Christian men’s ministries: they may be well-meaning, but often do not seem to realize the logical conclusion of their position. In particular I discuss John Eldredge and his popular book Wild at Heart who seems fascinated […]

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Parliament of the World’s Religions

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Later this year I’ll be addressing the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, 3-9 December on the following issue: Both Remedy and Poison: Religious Men and the Future of Peace In one of Plato’s dialogues between Phaedrus and Socrates, we are faced with the paradox of the “pharmakon.” The pharmakon is alternatively or simultaneously […]

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Advice From Two Grizzled Old Feminists

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“Two Grizzled Old Feminists” at Feministe write an interesting post about how to engage men with the issue of patriarchy.  From my experience, the issue is making sure the conversation does not become anti-male, rather anti-patriarchy: the two are very different, but men often conflate them. The final paragraph of Numen, Old Men reflects this […]

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eResearch Australasia 2009

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Wearing my publisher’s hat, I’ll be presenting a poster at this year’s eResearch Australasia conference in Sydney, 9-13 November. Journals Unbound: e-Infrastructure for Small and Medium-Sized Journals In recent years there has been a massive worldwide development of e-infrastructure for academic journals. From a top-down perspective, journal databases and aggregators of various stripes have enabled […]

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Joe, are you gay?

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A reader from Amazon.com asks the question, “Joe, are you gay?” after reading my suggestion that gay spirituality has some value for both gay and straight men (for what it’s worth, and if you think you can safely deduce an answer from this fact, I’m married with three children). He goes on to note, “I’m […]

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Religious Communication Conference

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Later this year I’ll be presenting at the Religious Communication Conference at Monash University, 26-27 November 2009, where I’ll continue my explorations about the differences in Christian masculinities. Homespun and studio-made: Aesthetic differences in the websites of Catholic and evangelical men’s ministries Across the Western world church attendees are approximately two-thirds women. There are significant […]

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Joseph Gelfer: Dictator

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One of the dirty little secrets of having your own website is trawling through the user statistics to see where people come from to get to the site, and the search terms they use. Historically my favorite has been someone arriving from the search “related:www.iraniangaydoctors.com”. How I am related to iraniangaydoctors.com I do not know, […]

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From the archive: Smacks of Denial

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As New Zealand is once again in the middle of a child-smacking debate with its ludicrously-worded citizens referendum due to take place at the end of the month, it’s worth revisiting an old opinion piece I wrote about this issue back in 2006 for Scoop.co.nz. Smacks of Denial I am currently waiting on the findings […]