Since the early 1990s there have been various movements designed to encourage 'masculine spirituality'. All these movements share a concern that spirituality has become too feminine and that men's experiences of the spiritual are being marginalized. The task of masculine spirituality is to promote 'authentic' masculine characteristics within a spiritual context. Numen, Old Men examines these characteristics to argue that masculine spirituality is thinly veiled patriarchy. The mythopoetic, evangelical, and Catholic men's movements are shown to promote a hetero-patriarchal spirituality by appealing to either combative and oppressive neo-Jungian archetypes or biblical models of man as the leader of the family. Numen, Old Men examines spiritualities that aim to honour and transcend both the masculine and feminine, and offers gay spirituality as an example of masculine spirituality that resists patriarchy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Mythopoetic Movement: Getting it Wrong from the Start 3. The Evangelical Men’s Movement: Networking, Violence and Sport 4. The Catholic Men’s Movement: Sacraments and Adoration 5. Integral or Muscular Spirituality? 6. Gay Spirituality: A Way Out for Men 7. Sexual Difference, Spirituality and Space 8. Conclusion
Joseph Gelfer is Adjunct Research Associate at the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, Australia.