Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

In 2006 I founded Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality which ran until 2012.  JMMS was a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. A print volume, The Best of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, was published by Gorgias Press. You can find the tables of contents and downloadable pdfs of all issues below.

Volume 1, Number 1: Table of Contents


Editor’s Note (pp. 1-2), Joseph Gelfer

Research Notes:

Manliness and Catholic Mission in the Nordic Countries (pp. 3-18), Yvonne Maria Werner

Christian Social Reform Work as Christian Masculinization? A Swedish Example (pp. 19-34), Anna Prestjan


Skin Gods: Circumcising the Built Male Body (pp. 35-44), Roland Boer

Hausa Concepts of Masculinity and the ‘Yan Daudu (pp. 45-54), Frank A. Salamone

Queer is the New Pink: How Queer Jews Moved to the Forefront of Jewish Culture (pp. 55-64), David Shneer

A Jesuit Mystic’s Feminine Melancholia: Jean-Joseph Surin SJ (1600-1665) (pp. 65-76), Juan M. Marin

The Bhagavadgita, Pistol, and the Lone Bhadralok: Individual Spirituality, Masculinity, and Politics in the Nationalist Writings of Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950) (pp. 77-98), Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

Book Reviews:

Review of Bret Stephenson, From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age (pp. 99-100), Joseph Gelfer

Review of Shayne Lee, T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher (pp. 101-102), James Bryant

Review of David M. Friedman, A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis (pp. 103-104), Wisam Mansour

Review of Lahoucine Ouzgane (Ed.), Islamic Masculinities (Global Masculinities) (pp. 105-108), Sophie Smith

Review of Herbert Anderson, Edward Foley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore and Robert Schreiter, Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith and Just Love (pp. 109-111), Katharina von Kellenbach

Review of Peter Lehman (Ed.), Pornography: Film and Culture (pp. 112-113), Nathan Abrams

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Volume 1, Number 2: Table of Contents


Editor’s Note (pp. 114-115), Joseph Gelfer


From a Metaphysics of Presence to the Blessings of Absence: The Medial Construction of Masculine Identity in Thomas Hardy’s Novel Jude the Obscure (pp. 116-136), Stefan Horlacher

The Performance of Normativity: Mormons and the Construction of an American Masculinity (pp. 137-154), Elizabeth Ruchti

“He Was Pretty Good in There Today”: Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingway’s “Today is Friday” and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (pp. 155-169), Lisa Tyler

To Love the Orientalist: Masculinity in Leila Aboulela’s The Translator (pp. 170-182), Brendan Smyth

Book Reviews:

Review of Kathryn M. Ringrose, The Perfect Servant: Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in Byzantium (pp. 183-185), Bjorn Krondorfer

Review of Donald Boisvert, Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints (pp. 186-188), Bjorn Krondorfer

Review of Richard Jeffrey Newman, The Silence of Men: Poems (pp. 189-190), William G. Doty

Review of Scott Thumma & Edward R. Gray (Eds.), Gay Religion (pp. 191-193), Craig This

Review of John Ibson, Picturing Men: A Century of Male Relationships in Everyday American Photography (pp. 194-195), Yasemin Besen

Review of Charise L. Cheney, Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism (pp. 196-198), Myron M. Beasley

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Volume 1, Number 3: Table of Contents


Young Men, Masculinities and Spirituality: An Introduction to a Special Issue of JMMS (pp. 199-200), Yasemin Besen


Changing the Subject: Abortion and Symbolic Masculinities Among Young Evangelicals (pp. 201-214), Dan Cassino

Male Initiation: Imagining Ritual Necessity (pp. 215-234), Diederik F. Janssen

The Homosexual Subject: Coming-Out as a Political Act (pp. 235-249), Yong Wang

Young Men, Religion and Attitudes Towards Homosexuality (pp. 250-266), Yasemin Besen and Gilbert Zicklin

Book Reviews:

Review of Victor J. Seidler, Young Men and Masculinities: Global Cultures and Intimate Lives (pp. 267-268), Stephen R. Patnode

Review of Gary T. Barker, Dying to be Men: Youth, Masculinity and Social Exclusion (pp. 269-270), Andrew Singleton

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Volume 2, Number 1: Table of Contents


Editor’s Note (pp. 1-2), Joseph Gelfer


Sexually Explicit? Re-reading Revelation’s 144,000 Virgins as a Response to Roman Discourses (pp. 3-28), Lynn Huber

Men, Buddhism and the Discontents of Western Modernity (pp. 29-46), Chris Barker

Book Reviews:

Review of Dale B. Martin, Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation (pp. 47-51), Ken Stone

Review of Stefan Horlacher, Masculinities. Konzeptionen von Männlichkeit im Werk von Thomas Hardy und D. H. Lawrenc [Masculinities: Conceptions of Masculinity in the Works of Thomas Hardy and D. H. Lawrence] (pp. 52-53), Silvia Mergenthal

Review of Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey, Every Man’s Battle: Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time and Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation (pp. 54-55), Mark J. Justad

Review of Marc Epprecht, Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa (pp. 56-57), Phillip A. Cantrell, II

Review of Charles H. Lippy, Do Real Men Pray? Images of the Christian Man and Male Spirituality in White Protestant America (pp. 58-59), Bradford McCall

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Volume 2, Number 2: Table of Contents


Editor’s Note (pp. 60-61), Joseph Gelfer


A Perpetrator’s Confession: Gender and Religion in Oswald Pohl’s Conversion Narrative (pp. 62-81), Bjorn Krondorfer

Narratives of Silence: Availability in a Spirituality of Fathering (pp. 82-94), Neil Pembroke

Men, Loss and Spiritual Emergency: Shakespeare, the Death of Hamnet and the Making of Hamlet (pp. 95-115), Peter Bray

Cecil B. DeMille: Hollywood Macho Man and the Theme of Masculinity within His Biblical (and Other) Cinema (pp. 116-138), Anton Karl Kozlovic

Book Reviews:

Review of Philip Culbertson, Margaret Agee & Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale (Eds.), Penina Uliuli: Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples (pp. 139-141), Robert J. Myles

Review of Lahoucine Ouzgane and Robert Morrell (Eds.), African Masculinities: Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present (pp. 142-144), Saheed Aderinto

Review of Murat Aydemir, Images of Bliss: Ejaculation, Masculinity, Meaning (pp. 145-146), Nathan Abrams

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Volume 3, Number 1: Table of Contents


Editorial (pp. 1-3), Tine Van Osselaer and Joseph Gelfer


The Exemplary Lives of Christian Heroes as an Historical Construct (pp. 4-21), Alexander Maurits

“Heroes of the Heart”: Ideal Men in the Sacred Heart Devotion (pp. 22-40), Tine Van Osselaer

Domestic Heroes: Saint Nicholas and the Catholic Family Father in the Nineteenth Century (pp. 41-63), Josephine Hoegaerts

God, Man, Then … Wait, How Does That Go? Emerging Gender Identities in 20-something Evangelicals (pp. 64-79), Curtis Coats

Book Reviews:

Review of Chris Brickell, Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand (pp. 80-82), Philip Culbertson

Review of Ken Stone, Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective (pp. 83-85), Klaus-Peter Adam

Review of Colleen M. Conway, Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco Roman Masculinity (pp. 86-87), Marc Beard

Review of Malcolm Gaskill, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy (pp. 88-90), Shane McCorristine

Review of Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor, Eileen Kahl, Kathleen Earle, Christa Rainwater and Linda Lopez McAlister (Eds), Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference and Agency (pp. 91-93), J. Shola Omotola

Review of Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine (pp. 94-96), Joseph Gelfer

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Volume 3, Number 2: Table of Contents


Editorial: Open Access Economics (pp. 97-99), Joseph Gelfer


Haredi Male Bodies in the Public Sphere: Negotiating with the Religious Text and Secular Israeli Men (pp. 100-122), Yohai Hakak

Southern Gospel Sissies: Evangelical Music, Queer Spirituality, and the Plays of Del Shores (pp. 123-141), Douglas Harrison

Instilling the “Manly” Faith: Protestant Masculinity and the German Jünglingsvereine at the fin de siècle (pp. 142-154), Tyler Carrington

Book Reviews:

Review of Shaye J. D. Cohen, Why Aren’t Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism (pp. 155-158), Björn Krondorfer

Review of Martin Fischer, Mannermächt und Männerleid. Kritische theologische Männerforschung im Kontext genderperspektivierter Theologie als Beitrag zu einer Gleichstellung der Geschechter [Men’s Power and Men’s Pain: A Critical Theological Investigation of Men in the Context of a Gender Perspective Theology as a Contribution to Equality of the Sexes] (pp. 159-161), Adriaan S. van Klinken

Review of Josué Ramirez, Against Machismo: Young Adult Voices in Mexico City (pp. 162-165), Joanna R. Bartow

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Volume 4, Number 1: Table of Contents


Both Remedy and Poison: Religious Men and the Future of Peace (pp. 1-5), Joseph Gelfer


On Being Here with Others: Space, Identity and Justice (pp. 6-18), Stephen Boyd

Of Fine Wine, Incense and Spices: The Unstable Masculine Hegemony of the Books of Chronicles (pp. 19-31), Roland Boer

Book Reviews:

Review of James Houghton, Larry Bean & Tom Matlack (eds.), The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood (pp. 32-33), Joseph Gelfer

Review of Heather Ellis and Jessica Meyer (eds.), Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives (pp. 34-36), Robert J. Myles

Review of John Powers, A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism (pp. 37-40), Björn Krondorfer

Review of Björn Krondorfer (ed.), Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism: A Critical Reader (pp. 41-42), Joseph Gelfer

Review of Chen Z. Oren and Dora Chase Oren (eds.), Counseling Fathers (pp. 43-46), Philip Culbertson

Review of Heike Walz and David Plüss (eds.), Theologie und Geschlecht. Dialoge querbeet (pp. 47-50), Márcia Elisa Moser

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Volume 4, Number 2: Table of Contents


Editorial: African Americans and Mormonism as a Case for the Consideration of Race, Class, Sexuality, and Gender in the Study of Religion (pp. 51-53), Stephen C. Finley


Inspire, Expire: Masculinity, Mortality and Meaning in Tim Winton’s Breath (pp. 54-65), Roie Thomas

Dandy Discipleship: A Queering of Mark’s Male Disciples (pp. 66-81), Robert J. Myles

Constructing Masculinity: De Utero Patris (from the Womb of the Father) (pp. 82-96), Paul M. Collins

Book Reviews:

Review of Eric Magnuson, Changing Men, Transforming Culture: Inside the Men’s Movement (pp. 97-99), Nathan Hitchcock

Review of Kenneth J. Doka, Terry L. Martin, Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn, rev. ed. (pp. 100-102), Katharina von Kellenbach

Review of Sven Glawion, Erlöser: Figurationen männlicher Hegemonie [“Redeemer: Figurations of Male Hegemony”] and Susanne Lanwerd, and Márcia Elisa Moser (eds.), “Frau–Gender–Queer: Gendertheoretische Ansätze in der Religionswissenschaft” [“Women–Gender–Queer: Gender Theory in Religious Studies”] (pp. 103-107), Björn Krondorfer

Review of Trysh Travis, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey (pp. 108-110), Claire Clark

Review of William Ming Liu, Derek Kenji Iwamoto, and Mark H. Chae (eds.), Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (pp. 111-113), Philip Culbertson

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Volume 5, Number 1: Table of Contents


Editorial: Sex and Gender in Jung’s The Red Book (pp. 1-3), Joseph Gelfer


Ugandan Men’s Perceptions of What Causes and What Prevents Suicide (pp. 4-21), Birthe Loa Knizek, Eugene Kinyanda, Vicki Owens and Heidi Hjelmeland

Book Reviews:

Review of Jack Malebranche, Androphilia: Rejecting the Gay Identity, Reclaiming Masculinity (pp. 22-23), Philip Culbertson

Review of Tammi Vacha-Haase, Stephen R. Wester, and Heidi Fowell Christianson, Psychotherapy with Older Men (pp. 24-25), Philip Culbertson

Review of Andrea Ochsner, Lad Trouble: Masculinity and Identity in the British Male Confessional Novel of the 1990s (pp. 26-28), Sarah Heinz

Review of Gordon J. Hilsman, Intimate Spirituality: The Catholic Way of Love & Sex (pp. 29-31), Edward C. Dodge

Review of Elaine Frantz Parsons, Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States (pp. 32-34), Joshua Fleer

Review of Lynne Luciano, Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America and John Pettigrew, Brutes in Suits: Male Sensibility in America, 1890-1920 (pp. 35-37), Bob Batchelor

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Volume 5, Number 2: Table of Contents


The Boer’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Peer Review (pp. 38-40), Joseph Gelfer


The Patriarch’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew (pp. 41-52), Roland Boer

Calling, Devotion, and Transformation: Men Embodying Spirituality at a Protestant Seminary (pp. 53-76), Timothy D. Lincoln

Hegemonic Masculinity and Blake’s “Mission of Mercy”: David Mamet’s Cinematic Adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross as Postmodern Satire of Fundamentalist Christianity (pp. 77-96), Jared Champion

Intimate Relationship Behaviors of Cuban Male College Students (pp. 97-113), Chrysalis L. Wright

Book Reviews:

Review of Manuel Borutta and Nina Verheyen (eds.), Die Präsenz der Gefühle: Männlichkeit und Emotion in der Moderne [The Presence of Emotions: Masculinity and Emotion in Modernity] (pp. 114-117), Björn Krondorfer

Review of Margaret D. Kamitsuka, The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity (pp. 118-120), Björn Krondorfer

Review of Drucilla Cornell, Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity (pp. 121-124), Anton Karl Kozlovic

Review of Harry Brod and Rabbi Shaw Israel Zevit (eds.), Brother Keepers: New Perspectives on Jewish Masculinity (pp. 125-126), Nathan Abrams

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Volume 6, Number 1: Table of Contents


Independent Open Access Book Publishing 101 (pp. 1-3), Joseph Gelfer


Holiness Sex: Conservative Christian Sex Practices as Acts of Sanctification (pp. 4-19), Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey

Scripted Bodies: Reading the Spectacle of Jacob Wrestling the Angel (pp. 20-37), Samuel Tongue

Book Reviews:

Review of Björn Krondorfer, Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (pp. 38-40), Alison Jasper

Review of Kent Brintnall, Ecce Homo: The-Male-Body-In-Pain as Redemptive Figure (pp. 41-44), Ilya Merlin

Review of Richard Stott, Jolly Fellows: Male Milieus in 19th Century America (pp. 45-46), Joanne Ella Parsons

Review of Erik Sidenvall, The Making of Manhood Among Swedish Missionaries in China and Mongolia, c.1890–c.1914 and Yvonne Maria Werner (ed.), Christian Masculinity: Men and Religion in Northern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries (pp. 47-49), Joseph Gelfer

Review of Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey, Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage (pp. 50-52), Brett Krutzsch

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Volume 6, Number 2: Table of Contents


Mythopoetic Spirituality and Authenticity (pp. 53-55), Joseph Gelfer


Entering Water: Sea Lion Shamanism (pp. 56-76), John Farrell Kelly

A Space Apart: Kairos and Masculine Possibility in Retreats of Adolescents (pp. 77-93), Kevin J. Burke

A Man’s Soul and a Fish’s Scale: Sex, Size and Spirit in Moby Dick (pp. 94-105), Brandy Schillace

Book Reviews:

Review of Stefan Horlacher (ed.), Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present (pp. 106-108), Stephen Hunt

Review of Caroline Magennis and Raymond Mullen (eds.), Irish Masculinities: Reflections on Literature and Culture (pp. 109-111), Sean Brady

Review of Mary Ruth Marotte, Paige Martin Reynolds, and Ralph James Savarese (eds.), Papa PhD: Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy (pp. 112-113), Ilya Merlin

Review of Martina Läubli and Sabrina Sahli (eds.), Männlichkeiten Denken: Aktuelle Perspektiven der kulturwissenschaftlichen Masculinity Studies [Thinking Masculinities: Current Cultural Studies Perspectives on Masculinity Studies] (pp. 114-116), Björn Krondorfer

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