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Coming soon on Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

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Editorial Open Access Economics by Joseph Gelfer, pp. 97-99 Articles Haredi Male Bodies in the Public Sphere: Negotiating with the Religious Text and Secular Israeli Men by Yohai Hakak, pp. 100-122 Southern Gospel Sissies: Evangelical Music, Queer Spirituality, and the Plays of Del Shores by Douglas Harrison, pp. 123-141 Instilling the “Manly” Faith: Protestant Masculinity […]

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From the archive: I Remember Adlestrop

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Some stories have a surprisingly long life. Recently, an article I wrote about Edward Thomas’ poem Adlestrop popped back in my mind. First, the poet Michael Rosen, who makes an appearance in the article, was recently appointed to the children’s laureateship; second, I got an email from someone who had been to Adlestrop, gone home […]

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Numen, Old Men and Twitterspheric Theoerotics

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One of the chapters in Numen, Old Men explores the idea that gay spirituality is a useful model for all masculine spirituality, as it is one type of spirituality performed solely by men (lesbian sisters clearly assumed to be separate) which resists the patriarchal tendencies often perpetuated by masculine spirituality. This process also refers to […]

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Comments on the excerpt from Numen, Old Men

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There are a number of interesting comments over at Reality Sandwich to the excerpt from Numen, Old Men, which I archive below with my replies. One commenter notes, “I think that setting up gay spirituality as something preferred for people if they are straight or gay is problematic as people may not be comfortable enough […]

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Numen, Old Men excerpted at Reality Sandwich

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A section focused on David Deida excerpted at Reality Sandwich: In my new book Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy (Equinox Publishing) I take a critical look at men and spirituality. Since the early 1990s there have been various waves of interest in what is often described as “masculine spirituality.” […]

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The Sense of a Beginning

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We don’t hear so much about him anymore, but back in the day any postgraduate worth their salt would give a nod to Frank Kermode’s The Sense of an Ending when given a chance. Kermode’s main point was that “fictions of the end”, or apocalypses (such as 2012), are devices employed to give meaning and […]

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From the Archive: Matthew Fox

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No, not Jack from Lost, Matthew Fox the theologian. Fox has had some interesting things to say about men and spirituality, some of which I like and some which leave me with some concerns. Here are a couple of links to items I have written about Fox: A conversation between Fox and myself in Ashe […]