Esolen on Manhood

Written by Father Bill 3 Comments

Masculine resonance redux..


I heartily commend to you Anthony Esolen, who I am finding is one of the most perceptive writers on the nature of manhood and the way men can and should relate to one another, particularly in this age when manhood is mostly viewed as a disease to be cured by the merciless ministrations of cultural feminism. 

You may find many of Esolen’s essays on this topic at Touchstone’s blog, Mere Comments.  Those essays by Esolen that are online may be found here.  Sadly, one of his most important essays (on the death of friendship among men) is not online.  From time to time I badger the editors about this; maybe they’ll tire of that eventually and grant me a boon. 

Meanwhile, Esolen has given an interview for the Roman Catholic news service Zenit.  Read it.  It’s not Catholic as much as it is catholic with regard to its subject matter.  Of course, rank and file American Catholics in this era of history, particularly its prelates, sorely need to hear Dr. Esolen’s admonitions.  But their need is certainly no less than the same needs among Protestant evangelicals, particulary among their squishy-complementarian and egalitarian prelates and seminary professors. 


  1. Kamilla   |  Wednesday, 25 April 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Fr. Bill,

    Dr. Esolen is by far my favorite writer over at Touchstone. I was going to read the interview over lunch today but just barely got through ABp Chaput’s speech (it’s from First Things yesterday and is linked over at Baylyblog).

    Too much good stuff to read.


  2. Kamilla   |  Wednesday, 09 May 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Fr. Bill,

    I was going thru a stack of “stuff to read” and found my copy of this essay of Esolen’s with some margin notes I had written. Two things, intimately related, stand out for me:

    “A man loves his own family, but he also loves his family by refusing to subject the entire civil order to the welfare of his family; he understands that if he performs his duty, other families besides his own will profit by it.”


    “From [Edmund] Spenser they can learn that marriage is not a private matter — one of our greatest and silliest errors — but a deeply social bond that unites those two fascinatingly different sorts of creatures, man and woman, in such a way as to link them to the families who have gone before them and to the families that will be born from their love.”

    Yeow! Just ponder how little that would be comprehended by most of our religious contemporaries let alone the society at large.


  3. David McCrory   |  Friday, 01 June 2007 at 10:34 am

    Christian men are woefully short on modern day heroes. We have no mentors and are therefore compelled to search for them in times past when God granted His people those worthy of emulation. This is good as far as it goes, but their memory fades fast. May God raise up a godly seed that recaptures biblical manhood.

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