Redeeming Men

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Contributors to this book—historians, biblical specialists, theologians, ethicists, and scholars of comparative religions—examine the relationship between religious tradition and manhood. The essays cover a broad range of topics—from the dynamics of power in shaping masculine identity, to the role religion plays in shaping masculine identity, to the experience of myth, ritual, spiritual discipline, and community in the lives of men.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255442
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/1996
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen B. Boyd is J. Allen Easley Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

W. Merle Longwood is Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Mark W. Muesse is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Men, Masculinity, and the Study of Religion
1 Fear and Power in the Lives of Men 7
2 Masculinity and Male Dominance: Martin Luther on the Punishment of Adam 19
3 God's Phallus and the Dilemmas of Masculinity 36
4 Christian Piety and the Legacy of Medieval Masculinity 48
5 Malcolm X's Religious Pilgrimage: From Black Separatism to a Universal Way 62
6 Is It Manly to Be Christian? The Debate in Victorian and Modern America 80
7 Religious Machismo: Masculinity and Fundamentalism 89
8 Policing Gender: Moral Purity Movements in Pre-Nazi Germany and Contemporary America 103
9 The Accommodating Other: Masculinity and the Construction of Feminine Identity 118
10 Defending Their People and Their Earth: Native American Men and the Construction of Masculinity 132
11 Of Mice and Supermen: Images of Jewish Masculinity 145
12 "I Took It like a Man": Survival and Hope among Poor Men 156
13 Re-membering John the Baptist 176
14 Initiation and the Male Spiritual Quest 187
15 Men and the Promise of Goddess Spirituality: Reflections along the Way 197
16 The Thunder of New Wings: AIDS - a Journey beyond Belief 209
17 Magnificent Manhood: The Transcendent Witness of Howard Thurman 222
18 Changing Views of Fathering and Fatherhood: A Christian Ethical Perspective 238
19 Gay Men, Masculinity, and an Ethic of Friendship 252
20 Men Whose Lives I Trust, Almost 263
21 Male Sexuality and the Fragile Planet: A Theological Reflection 273
Where Do We Go from Here? Some Concluding Remarks 285
For Further Reading 294
Index 303
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