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And later, when the Reformation reduced the separateness of the priestly function, still more men might wonder _, if self-domination, not self-indulgence, expressed true manhood. Col­ lectively, Western men are still wondering. Christianity brought the omnipotent father to the major part of Eu­ rope and, later, to the New World. The apotheosis of patriarchalism was central to Christianity. The father was final authority, omniscient, stem, and inflexible in judgment. Recurrently, with varying success, earthly fathers tried to act in this image.

1 2 Agriculture tamed men. When a frontier society revived the possibil­ ity of the hunting male, his disdain for the humdrum virtues of the nesting male would be vociferous and violent. Yet agriculture was so much more productive and reliable than hunting for support of society that it had to triumph, leaving certain kinds of men unsure how their manhood could be proved and defined. Nevertheless, with greater resources and social complexity, a diversity of male roles be­ came not only tolerable but desirable in agricultural societies.

And no capon priest was he. I ha' seen him cow a thousand men On the hills 0 ' Galilee. They whined as he walked out calm between, wi' his eyes like the grey 0 ' the sea. A master of men was the Goodly Fere. Christianity elevated the possibility of the gentle man : loving and wanting love, compassionate to the weak, touching. It praised men, T h e T r a d i t i o n o f M an h o o d 33 • in fact, who had many of the virtues more commonly assigned to women, which complicated the definition of both genders.

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