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Spirituality Of Men

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Dying to old roles and rising again

Sixteen men attempt to lay out what it means to be an adult male Christian. The authors move beyond old stereotypes of manliness and Christian identity to chart new identities, roles, and attitudes. They include men who are deeply in the Christian church and men barely in the church, straight and gay men, white men and African Americans, Protestant and Catholic, younger and older.

Contributors include: Mike ...

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Overview

Dying to old roles and rising again

Sixteen men attempt to lay out what it means to be an adult male Christian. The authors move beyond old stereotypes of manliness and Christian identity to chart new identities, roles, and attitudes. They include men who are deeply in the Christian church and men barely in the church, straight and gay men, white men and African Americans, Protestant and Catholic, younger and older.

Contributors include: Mike Bathum, Mark Muesse, Michael Battle, Stephen Boyd, David Livingston, Donald Capps, James Newton Poling, Merle Longwood, Marvin Ellison, Philip Culbertson, Brett Webb-Mitchell, Jerald Townsend, Robert Bennett, Robert Goss, Ed Thompson, and Lee Butler.

As pastoral theologians they are keen observers of and prophetic witnesses to the core issues, deepest wounds, and greatest potential for men - involving spirituality, relationships, sexuality, health and healing, violence and abuse, aging, and religious community. Together, says Culbertson, their reflections are "a valuable next step for men in the church" and offer promising glimpses of new, healthy, life-enhancing ways of being men of faith.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although feminism has been a dominant force in shaping church polity, doctrine and theology over the past 30 years, a growing men's movement in the churches (Promise Keepers being its most visible outgrowth) has sought to recover an authentic male spirituality. The 16 writers in this volume represent various facets of these attempts to chart what it means to be a man in the church in the 21st century. The contributors explore a number of issues, ranging from spirituality and mental health to sexuality, relationships and community. For example, Mark Muesse (religious studies, Rhodes College) suggests that men incorporate Buddhist meditation into their spiritual practice as they seek wholeness. Michael Battle (black church studies, Duke) explores the ways that the African concept of Ubuntu might help men understand the importance of interdependence and relationships. Other writers examine, among other things, the Christian man's role in providing healing as partners of women who were sexually abused as children, male spirituality and its influence on male health crises, and the effects of pre- and post-retirement masculinities. Most of these essays are academic in tone all but three of the contributors are professors and the prose is often filled with jargon. At times, reading these essays is like overhearing these men talking to themselves: what they have to say is interesting and important to them, but it has little appeal to the larger theological world. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634476
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Pt. 1 Spirituality
1 Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Spiritual Practice and Men's Wholeness 3
2 African Male Spirituality 18
Pt. 2 Mental Health
3 The Psychosocial Roots of Sin and Possibilities for Healing 37
4 Responsible Forgiveness within a Relational Church Community 52
5 Don Quixote as Moral Narcissist: Implications for Mid-Career Male Ministers 66
6 Discovering Creative Depth Within 93
Pt. 3 Relationships
7 Masculinity, Competitive Violence, and Christian Theology 113
8 Allies in the Sexual Healing Journey: Reflections for Partners of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children 132
9 Setting the Captives Free: Same-Sex Domestic Violence and the Justice-Loving Church 145
Pt. 4 The Physical Body
10 Designing Men: Reading Male Bodies as Texts 165
11 Disabled Bodies, Healing Bodies, Christ's Body 179
12 Can Men Learn to Float? Spirituality and Health Crises 192
13 The Integration of Sexuality and Spirituality: Gay Sexual Prophets within the UFMCC 200
Pt. 5 Community
14 "The Things We Do!" Nurturing the Authority of Men in Ministry 221
15 Men's Faith: The Effects of Pre- and Post-Retirement Masculinities 244
16 Xodus to the Promised Man: Revising our Anthropodicy 257
Afterword 270
Author Index 277
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