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The Spirituality of Men: Sixteen Christians Write about Their Faith

The Spirituality of Men: Sixteen Christians Write about Their Faith

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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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800634476
  • eBook ISBN 9781451416022
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 296
  • Publication Date January 15, 2002

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors

    Part One: Spirituality

  2. Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Spiritual Practice and Men's Wholeness
    Mark Muesse
  3. African Male Spirituality
    Michael Battle

    Part Two: Mental Health
  4. The Psychosocial Roots of Sin and Possibilities for Healing
    Stephen Boyd
  5. Responsible Forgiveness
    within a Relational Church Community
    David J. Livingston
  6. Don Quixote as Moral Narcissist: Implications for Mid-Career Male Ministers
    Donald Capps
  7. Discovering Creative Depth Within
    Mike Bathum

    Part Three: Relationships
  8. Masculinity, Competitive Violence, and Christian Theology
    James Newton Poling
  9. Allies in the Sexual Healing Journey: Reflections for Partners of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children
    Merle Longwood
  10. Setting the Captives Free: Same-Sex Domestic Violence and the Justice-Loving Church
    Marvin Ellison

    Part Four: The Physical Body
  11. Designing Men: Reading Male Bodies as Texts
    Philip L. Culbertson
  12. Can Men Learn to Float? Spirituality and Health Crises
    Jerrald Townsend and Robert Bennett
  13. The Integration of Sexuality and Spirituality: Gay Sexual Prophets within the UFMCC
    Robert E. Goss

    Part Five: Community
  14. The Things We Do! Nurturing the Authority of Men in Ministry
    Philip L. Culbertson
  15. Men's Faith: The Effects of Pre- and Post-Retirement Masculinities
    Ed Thompson
  16. Xodus to the Promised Man: Revising our Anthropodicy
    Lee H. Butler Jr.

    Author Index


"The Spirituality of Men contains rich and diverse reflections about the intimate connection between various ways of being a man and various pathways toward spiritual wholeness. Here you will find new work from established figures and important new voices that enrich the conversation about gender and Christianity."
— Scott Haldeman
Assistant Professor of Worship
Chicago Theological Seminary