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Numen, Old Men: new review

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There’s a new review out of Numen, Old Men in Journal for the Academic Study of Religion by the clearly delightful Sarah Penicka-Smith: “The intelligence he brings to his subject is often upstaged by his witty writing and wicked turns of phrase, although this is not a complaint—Gelfer’s writing is clear and highly engaging.” You […]

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Numen, Old Men: new review

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Great new reader review of my book Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy over at Amazon. Gelfer does a superb job of debunking the gurus of the men’s movement. His critique is on the mark and creates an enjoyable exploration, a fine one using his curiosity, intelligence, and humor. He […]

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Men’s Ministry and 9/11

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In my book Numen, Old Men I demonstrate how men’s ministries employ paramilitary themes in their efforts to attract men to Christ. This new flyer from Christian Men’s Network mobilizes 9/11 (overlaying the usual aesthetics of swords and shield). It occurs to me I haven’t come across 9/11 being used so explicitly in men’s ministry […]

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Numen, Old Men: new review

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[A most generous review of Numen, Old Men from the new issue of Reviews in Religion & Theology] This volume stands within a series on gender, theology and spirituality edited by Lisa Isherwood and Marcella Althaus-Reid. It is the fruit of Gelfer’s doctoral research in New Zealand and explores the possibilities for what is conceptualized […]

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Radical Faeries in Wonderland

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In Numen, Old Men I write about the Radical Faeries as possibly the best example we have of a “spiritual men’s movement” that doesn’t reinforce oppressive masculine stereotypes. Describing themselves, the Radical Faeries say: We’re decentralized, and nobody’s in charge—so every faerie who you ask will give a slightly different definition of ‘Radical Faerie.’ Generally, […]

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Taking Down the Cross

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There’s an interesting headline on this week’s Integral Life newsletter that points to the story Taking Down the Cross. In it, we are told about Ian Lawton who has “been inspired by the work of Ken Wilber since 2005, as well as a student of Genpo Roshi.” Lawton and his ostensibly Christian C3 Exchange community […]

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Integral Gender and the Power of Repetition

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Since the publication of Numen, Old Men—during which time I have been picking the scab of integral gender politics (see the “integral” tag)—I cannot help but notice there has been an increase in communications from the Integral Machine about this subject, and it has a very familiar flavor. For example, on February 25 I wrote […]

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Numen, Old Men @ Men and the Goddess

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Richard over at Men and the Goddess has posted some very engaging (and challenging) comments in regard to the mythopoetic chapter of Numen, Old Men. I post them below, followed by my reply. Richard writes: I’m closely and carefully reading Joseph Gelfer’s book on “Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy” because he offers […]