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Manual Manhood

I met men for the first time when I was eleven years old. My father left me with them. He was an academic. I don’t know much about what he did for the University at Buffalo, and later Washington University in St. Louis. When he was at work, he wasn’t with us. But he wasn’t around much when he . . . . Continue Reading »

The Taming of the Beau

Woman was not made to save civilization, nor to civilize man. She was made to be a companion to him, a necessary ally. But as we see throughout Scripture, since sin entered the world woman can function as either his ally or his opponent. Continue Reading »

A Sexual or Asexual Public Square?

Several weeks back there was a bit of a dust-up in conservative Reformed Protestant circles over the following simple question: Does being a man or a woman have any ethical significance for the way we live together in civil society? Despite the success of feminism in radically reworking gender roles . . . . Continue Reading »

A Look Back at Father’s Day

Many thanks to David Gibson at Pontifications for linking here, and also for mistaking me for The Anchoress, whom I am not (who I am not? who is not I? Ack, ack, call the grammar medics . . . ), but the compliment is all mine. That anyone would link to that schizophrenic Father’s Day post I . . . . Continue Reading »

Father’s Day Round-Up

The excellent Anchoress reminds me, and everyone else, that Father’s Day is coming, and that monk-roasted coffee makes a terrific gift. But what else? An uninspired gift-giver myself, I’ve often thought that the truly sane approach to Father’s Day would be to wait for some necktie . . . . Continue Reading »

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