This site is intended to address an issue I’ve noticed for a long time within the online world men’s issues. There appear to be a lot of men who are navigating their ways through the often turbulent seas of the manosphere with concerns about how to reconcile the issues they are now becoming aware of with their religious (usually Christian) concerns. A few sites address the juxtaposition of these issues from a critical analysis of what is happening and showing how those situations do/do not align with the author’s view point. However, few, if any, actually attempt to teach the texts and how to read and apply them. That is what this site will attempt to do from the Christian standpoint.
My view point obviously starts with myself. I grew up religious, but have studied a number of religions other than the one my household followed–including stints not adhering to any religions. I have multiple degrees, including a doctorate from a world recognized university. My studies of subject include literature, religion and legal doctrine. I use all of these in my approach.
My approach, at least generally, is archetypal. My intent is not to analyze each verse to tease all all possible permutations, but to look a
t the overview to better understand the humanity of the stories and only to a lesser extent what the author(s) (likely) intend to be understood either in the writing, or in the compiling of the literature.
My approach can be explained by example. Imagine if one went into a class of 3rd graders and asked all the kids to draw pictures of their houses. We’d get drawings of apartments, and trailers and ranch homes, and two story homes, log cabins and cottages, and mansions. But, we’d start to see similarities in all of them. Doors, windows, roofs. But there would be even more. As most of the kids would likely, without instruction, create environments for the homes. Yards, skies, trees, streets, playgrounds, etc. Without ever intending to, the children would reveal a deluge of information about them and their lives and experiences and viewpoints. Just from asking for pictures of their houses, we could likely begin to ascertain aspect
s of their communities and town, maybe even their state, province or region. Maybe even aspects such as shared values and morals–lots of libraries as opposed to bars in the backgrounds. If this practice were repeated for decades, we could likely begin to see changes between the eras. Maybe we could see how these changes began to dictate future outcomes which in turn influenced the values of the people.
The Bible contains a lot of stories from a very long period of time. It contains the stories of people who succeeded against great odds, and people who failed miserably, and even some who appeared to have failed, but maybe in
fact triumphed. In many ways, it isn’t just a history of some people, it’s a testament of humanity itself.
I intend to start in Genesis and go forward, not through every single story but in the highlights of the major ideas to show why the stories were compiled and what was trying to be conveyed. I don’t intend it to be a scholarly work, though I will likely refer to scholarly materials. I will often treat the material as historical, fictional, religious, philosophical, political, propaganda, psychological, and as a mixture. I will always treat the works as having been written by separate authors, usually assuming they weren’t intending to write the “Bible” or other psuedo sacred text. I will always treat it as valuable and as containing “a truth.”
I believe the “truth” that the authors and compilers were trying to show/teach was how to be a Great Nation. Of course, there are lots of possible definitions of what makes a nation great, that will be considered along the way as it seems to have, at least at times, been unclear to the compilers themselves what made a nation great. But almost certainly the compilers believed that a Great Nation had to be built by Great men.
The foundation of a nation was its men. Sorry women, but early Judaism was a men’s club. But just like with nations, there was the question of what made a man “great?” That’s what I believe the bulk of the Old Testament scripture set out to establish and teach: what makes men great and how do men, armed with that knowledge, put it into practice.
Hopefully exploring these teaching on this site will help today’s men grapple with and answer the same questions.