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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 […]

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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 […]