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

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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?

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Contains 14 essays covering topics including arguments for the elimination of masculinity; growing up Christian and male; masturbation and male identity; the construction of gay religious identities; mythico-religious models for an athletics of male-male friendships; the masculinity of Jesus in popular religious art; and aspects of contemporary male iconography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814746691
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction 3
2 Three Arguments for the Elimination of Masculinity 27
3 Growing Up Christian and Male: One Man's Experience
4 Black Bodies, Whose Body? African American Men in XODUS 65
5 Empowerment: The Construction of Gay Religious Identities 94
6 Bringing Good News to the Body: Masturbation and Male Identity 111
7 Facing the Body on the Cross: A Gay Man's Reflections on Passion and Crucifixion 125
8 Men and Christian Friendship 149
9 "The Manly Love of Comrades": Mythico-Religious Models for an Athletics of Male-Male Friendship 181
10 The Confines of Male Confessions: On Religion, Bodies, and Mirrors 205
11 Can Men Worship? Reflections on Male Bodies in Bad Faith and a Theology of Authenticity 235
12 The Masculinity of Jesus in Popular Religious Art 251
13 Baring the Flesh: Aspects of Contemporary Male Iconography 267
14 Epilogue 311
Index 319
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