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 […]
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 […]
There’s a long history of Christian men gathering for prayer breakfasts dating back to those founded in the 1930s by the right-wing Abraham Vereide. The Baptist Men’s Movement is continuing this heritage with their Bigger Breakfast on October 10. Like most streams of the Christian men’s movement, BMM appeals to stereotypically male characteristics to entice […]
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 […]
As email alerts from Promise Keepers are entering my inbox to crank up the energy before this year’s conference circuit, I thought I’d breathe some life back in to a story of mine about their activities from last year: “Menergy”: Men’s Ministries and the New Masculinity, over at Religion Dispatches.
My recent article Pray Like a Man (this is what happens to titles when the sub-editor is let loose) has a second airing over at the E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence.
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 […]
I’ve just put together a little Amazon “So you’d like to…” guide for some reading tips around men and spirituality.
Pray like a man: Across the US, hundreds of ‘men’s ministries’ cater to an outmoded version of masculinity http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/mar/23/christianity-religion-mens-ministries