Friday, October 18, 2013
Just on a whim, I looked up the newest books on manhood in Amazon.com . The two most recent books examine (and laud) manhood from the perspective of Christianity. There's Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole and the Resurrection of Authentic Manhood: Restoring God's Original Design.
As someone with a background in political philosophy, I thought the coupling of God and Christianity (not a recent trend) was interesting. Generally, political philosophy of a certain humanist variety had celebrated man as a being distinguished from not only female and child--but God. Hence Machiavelli praised the idea that man, not God, can determine his future; and Socrates embraced the idea that man could not look to God, but had to summon his own courage, when facing death.