Eye on the world: True manhood

In “Many school shooters, one common factor: a warped view of masculinity” The Christian Science Monitor notes that according to those who study mass shootings, the concept of masculinity doesn’t get enough attention. One sociologist says mass shooters, the majority of whom are male, are often “over-conforming to masculinity, because they perceive themselves, in some way or another, as emasculated…. It’s a terrible statement about American masculinity, to say that when you’re emasculated, one way to respond is to open fire.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

“The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 246).

“The spiritualization of our sense of man opens the gates of paradise that the so-called material senses would close, and reveals man infinitely blessed, upright, pure, and free; having no need of statistics by which to learn his origin and age, or to measure his manhood, or to know how much of a man he ever has been: for, ‘as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.’ ” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 185)

“The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.” (Science and Health, p. 200).

Related articles from the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “The preservation of manhood”: “[Christ Jesus] demonstrated the clearest, the most decisive, the fullest sense of authentic manhood. He illustrated the durable substance of our own real being. Here was a man whose spiritual ruggedness was matched only by his tender love and compassion. His manhood was radiant; it could never be stripped away, because he understood that real being originates in Almighty God.” And “The human mind would distort or corrupt manhood, emphasizing it as muscular physique or misrepresenting it with effeminate posturing. But none of these mistakes about man can actually rob him of stalwart and vigorous being.”

In “Valuing a higher concept of man”: “... beyond the allure of worldly standards and the deceptive chatter of materialism is something higher, a truly safe and progressive path that benefits everyone…. God-inspired perception reveals a fresh, untainted sense of identity—the true view of man. It impels us to put off tendencies that clash with the divine nature, that are contrary to our own actual nature as God’s spiritual, immortal likeness.” And “True manhood and womanhood ... express purity, innocence, wisdom, spiritual strength, integrity….”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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