The Hidden Spirituality of Men:
Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
By Matthew Fox
Paperback. 339 pages
To develop what Fox calls "the sacred masculine," he offers 10 compelling metaphors and archetypes, ranging from the Green Man to the multigenerational Grandfatherly Heart. Fox also includes models of sacred marriage, showing how partnership becomes the ultimate expression of healthy masculinity.
It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the world's critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the very dysfunctions responsible for those problems. To Matthew Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine than we receive from our media, culture, and religions. To awaken what Fox calls "the sacred masculine," he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, to inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.
Matthew Fox is a priest and director of the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California. Silenced by the Vatican in 1989, he was formally dismissed by the Dominican order in the spring of 1993 after a five-year struggle over his radical views. Fox is the author of many books, including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Creation Spirituality, and Sheer Joy.