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"Jesuit scholar Arnold decries the increasing scarcity of men actively participating in the church. He reveals a route of return through the use of Jungian male archetypes which serve as role models in the Bible. Archetypes discussed include the Wildman (Elijah), the Warrior (Moses), and the King (Solomon). Though they are flawed, Arnold contends that their synthesis--Jesus--provides the ideal role model. Arnold denounces the misandry (hatred of males) of many feminist theologians, and that of women who practice ancient Goddess religions. His study is spirited, unapologetic, and at times belligerent--not unlike some of his Biblical heroes. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is a brilliantly written and researched work that pulls together Jungian psychology, mythology and the Judeo-Christian Tradition in light of recent Scripture scholarship. Arnold's unapologetic insights about the state of the Church and his biting wit evident in the descriptions of wildman, warrior, king, healer, trickster, magician and lover makes this arguably the most thought-provoking, entertaining and controversial book on masculine spirituality. Arnold writes with tremendous depth, clarity and conviction of the wounds of contemporary men and all the innumerable ups, downs, precipices, pitfalls and paradoxes that the "hero" will inevitable face. His Bible-based archetypes serve as an excellent map for negotiating this labyrinth."

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Large format paperback 1991.

240 pages.

Very good condition.

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