Ideal Manhood’s Hostile Brother — The Story of Cain and Abel — Gladiator Pt.2

 27 February 2018 In Gladiator the character of Maximus exemplifies the timeless attributes of classic manhood. He is an ideal man. But wherever you find an ideal man, why is it that you are likely to find his hostile, murderous brother— the archetypal story of Cain and Abel. In the movie, the aging  Roman emperor says Maximus is the …

How Ideal Manhood Properly Confronts the Brutality of Life — Gladiator Pt. 1

 26 February 2018 Some people today look at past conceptions of manhood, see flaws such as violence and aggression, and cry out for a need to replace it altogether. While aspects of manhood should be updated to meet the realities of the times, our stories teach us that many of the traditional ideals of manhood haven’t gotten old or …

It’s Judgement Day — Where are the Men? (High Noon Video Essay)

Podcast: 22 February 2018 Stories are the master teachers. If we pay attention, we can learn a lot from them. One of the good stories comes from the 1952 western High Noon, a favorite of several US Presidents. In High Noon everybody’s sweating. It’s Judgment Day. We think judgment day is something for another life, but in fact, judgment day …