Men's Bodies, Men's Gods: Male Identities in a (Post) Christian Culture / Edition 1

Men's Bodies, Men's Gods: Male Identities in a (Post) Christian Culture / Edition 1

by Darnise Martin
     
 

Men's Bodies, Men's Gods explores the intersection of body, religion, and culture from the specific perspective of male identities.

How are male bodies constructed in different historical periods and contexts? How do race, ethnicity, and sexual preference impact on the intersection of male bodies and religious identity? Does Christianity provide models to

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Overview

Men's Bodies, Men's Gods explores the intersection of body, religion, and culture from the specific perspective of male identities.

How are male bodies constructed in different historical periods and contexts? How do race, ethnicity, and sexual preference impact on the intersection of male bodies and religious identity? Does Christianity provide models to cope with the aging and ailing male body? Does it provide models for intimacy between men and women? Between men and men? And, how do men reflect the carnal dimensions of power, abuse, and justice?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814746691
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
0.77(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Remembrance and Reconciliation: Encounters Between Young Jews and Germans and the author and editor of Body and Bible: Interpreting and Experiencing Biblical Narratives.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1Introduction3
2Three Arguments for the Elimination of Masculinity27
3Growing Up Christian and Male: One Man's Experience
4Black Bodies, Whose Body? African American Men in XODUS65
5Empowerment: The Construction of Gay Religious Identities94
6Bringing Good News to the Body: Masturbation and Male Identity111
7Facing the Body on the Cross: A Gay Man's Reflections on Passion and Crucifixion125
8Men and Christian Friendship149
9"The Manly Love of Comrades": Mythico-Religious Models for an Athletics of Male-Male Friendship181
10The Confines of Male Confessions: On Religion, Bodies, and Mirrors205
11Can Men Worship? Reflections on Male Bodies in Bad Faith and a Theology of Authenticity235
12The Masculinity of Jesus in Popular Religious Art251
13Baring the Flesh: Aspects of Contemporary Male Iconography267
14Epilogue311
Index319

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