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We provide modern men with direction by cutting through the noise and offering insightful commentary on classical masculinity with step-by-step guides designed to direct you on your path to noble manhood. Learn from saints, great thinkers and doers, and your ancestors about what it means to be a saintly man, including ways to forge a strong moral character, foster brotherhood and manly friendship, and pursue a strong and virtuous way of life.
 
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In this episode, Stephen interviews retired Air Force Colonel Tom Ruby on some hard fought wisdom he has acquired throughout his life and career. Rubes' Maxims/Show Highlights: Goodness Breeds Goodness - Why is it important to act for the good of others (and yourself)? Seek Balance in Life - How do we overcome the temporary nature of so many areas …
 
In this episode, Stephen sits down with Stained Glass Zealot, one of the foremost members of the Twitter Aesthetics-Sphere to discuss the importance of beauty and the positive benefits men get from surrounding themselves with beautiful things. Show Highlights: – Why beauty matters? – A good heuristic for appreciating beautiful things. – The problem…
 
In this episode, Stephen and Brian interview Dr. Andrew Montanaro, a professor of Sacred Scripture at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA on the subject of Biblical Masculinity, growing in wisdom, and what the Book of Sirach can tell us about living manfully. Show Highlights: Why we need to give everything to God. How boys and men get left behin…
 
In this episode, the gents sit down to expand upon their initial discussion of the theological virtue faith by discussion the more exclusively religious nature of belief. Show Highlights: A recap of our previous episode on aspects of faith. Why is faith different than philosophy? St. Thomas Aquinas' three distinctions of faith. How does faith inspi…
 
In this episode, Stephen dissects some of the issues plaguing churches (of all denominations) in the Western world and offers a few solutions to the exodus of men from the sphere of faith, religion, and spirituality. Show Highlights: The numbers behind the male exodus from church One church that is doing slightly better Why there was a great "femin…
 
In this episode, Brian and Stephen offer a high-level overview of what faith and belief are, through the lens of Josef Pieper's Faith, Hope, Love. Show Highlights: Overall misconceptions of faith. The tie-in between faith and conviction. The difference and relationship between believing and knowing. The transition of belief from the "supernatural" …
 
In this episode, Stephen interviews Michael Thomas of Sharon, a homesteader, on the importance of homesteading, tradition, place, and much more. Show Highlights: Why Michael decided to go live on an 18th century farm. The importance of a sense of place. Why tradition and culture are tied in to place. What we can learn from those that came before us…
 
In this episode, Stephen walks through 10 things that every young man - high school and college men especially - should do starting today in order to put their lives on the right path. Show Highlights: Learn to breathe properly. Stand up straight. Don't be a degenerate. Understand the value of money. Go to church. Begin to identify your core values…
 
In this episode, the gents examine what C.S. Lewis considered the fourth love, Agape or divine "God love." Show Highlights: Is love really all you need, as the Beatles said? The necessity of relying on God's help in order to love properly. What a properly ordered love looks like. Why Agape is the only love which does not have the potential to bring…
 
In this episode, the gents tackle a more controversial question - can men and women be friends? Should they be? The answer is more complicated than you may think. Show Highlights: A recap of the three Aristotelian forms of friendship. Can men and women be friends? Why is there typically the temptation to eros in these friendships? What does male/fe…
 
This week, the gents sit down with Catholic author Kennedy Hall to discuss his books on masculinity and how we can combat and overcome the rise of "effeminate manliness." Show Highlights: How Kennedy's "vague cultural Catholicism" influenced his development as a man. How did he ultimately realize the problems with modern masculinity? The nature of …
 
In this episode, the gents discuss the institution of marriage and the virtue of chastity, including her role inside and outside matrimonial covenants. Show Highlights: What is the virtue chastity? The common misconception that chastity only refers to celibacy. What does a rightly ordered sexual appetite look like? What is marriage? The traditional…
 
In this episode, the gents take a short break from their series on Eros and the Four Loves to discuss ways to handle stress. Show Highlights: How stress can be good for you. Hormesis and antifragility. Avoiding vs. combatting stress. Advice on how to mitigate and avoid stressors. View the full show notes here. About our Sponsor: Covenant Eyes is a …
 
In this episode, the gents discuss continue their exploration of distortions of eros, the third love, by examining the opposite approaches advocating a Victorian puritanism and a more open and promiscuous stance. Show Highlights: How do Christians properly view the body and natural desire? Why is a promiscuous worldview incorrect? What do the Victo…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss the issues with PUA and the Red Pill movement, discussing how each are distortions of eros. Show Highlights: What is a pick-up artist? What is the Red Pill? Why do more men seem attracted to these movements/philosophies? The relationship between evolutionary psychology and the Red Pill. The problems with making se…
 
In this episode, the gents explore two modern distortions of Eros or romantic love: hookup culture and casual dating. Show Highlights: Recap of the definition of eros. Becoming worthy of your love. Dating and discernment of marriage. Defining casual dating. What is friendship "with benefits"? Transactional sex and hookup culture. Physical love over…
 
This week, Stephen and Brian sit down with Professor Scott Yenor of Boise State University to discuss his new book The Recovery of Family Life. Show Highlights: Why do we need to recover family life right now? What is the "rolling revolution?" How has feminism mixed with other cultural and political aspects to get us here? What is the end goal of f…
 
In this episode, the gents begin an analysis of C.S. Lewis' third love, eros, and explore why this is more than pure romance or only about sexuality. Show Highlights: Is eros just about sex? The relationship between eros, lust, and sexual desire. Pleasure vs. Person focused loves. The human aspects of eros. Friendship vs. eros. Does eros aim at hap…
 
In this episode, the gents wrap up their discussion on friendship by investigating limits and ends of these relationships. Show Highlights: Defects in relationships. Self-imposed limits. Physical, Mental, and Spiritual limits to friendship. What happens when virtuous friendships turn bad? Friendship and the innermost self. Man's helplessness and fr…
 
In this episode, the gents continue discussing The Art of Being a Good Friend, focusing on the art of protecting and restoring your friendships. Show Highlights: The deepest tragedy of life. How some friendships wither or die. Money's dangerous role in friendship. The harm of gossip, envy, and poor breaches of trust. How healthy conflict can actual…
 
Brian returns in this episode, for a further discussion on 'equal' and 'unequal' friendships via the lens of Aristotle and Cicero. Show Highlights: Friendship of Equals vs. Friendship of Unequals. Why you need to recognize friendship disparities in order to have a virtuous friendship. Aristotle's comparison of friendship to political systems. Fathe…
 
In this episode, Stephen muses about the Christmas in the Trenches during WW1 and what it can tell us about kindness, affection, and true brotherhood. Show Highlights: The Christmas in the Trenches The nature of enemies and rivals. Is it possible for us to be everyone's friend? Should we try to be everyone's friend? A redux of the kindness vs. nice…
 
In this special episode, the gents revisit the COVID-19 Pandemic and various responses to it. Show Highlights: Where are we 9 months in? 15 days to slow the spread/flatten the curve? The role of prudence and personal responsibility vs. government mandate. The vice of double standards. Personal responsibility and the rise of "mask Karens." Our duty …
 
In this episode, the gents continue to discuss the book The Art of Being a Good Friend by Hugh Black, elaborating on ways to cultivate and maintain good friendships. Show Highlights: Why does friendship require intentionality? Affability and being friendly. The responsibility of being a friend. How is friendship like a habit? The necessity of culti…
 
In this episode, the gents kick back and discuss a whole range of topics: Show Highlights: Recap of Thanksgiving. What are we grateful for? Big project teaser. Commentary on current events. --- Please like, subscribe, and leave a rating and review. Be honest - this feedback is crucial to helping us improve the quality of our show and reach like-min…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss the book The Art of Being a Good Friend by Hugh Black, weaving in themes on friendship and the Four Loves from the previous episodes. Show Highlights: Expanding on the appreciation of friendship. Friendship in the heroes of history. How does friendship enlighten you? What does that mean? Friendship is a gift of Go…
 
In this episode, the gents continue to discuss philia, or friendship, the second love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. This discussion focuses on Cicero's take on friendship in his classic work De Amicitia. Show Highlights: Greek vs. Roman Virtue. Why are good friends virtuous? The relationship between amicitia and amor. Honor and…
 
In this episode, the gents continue to discuss philia, or friendship, the second love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. This discussion focuses on C.S. Lewis' opinion of friendship and how he wrote about it in his seminal work The Four Loves. Show Highlights: Why did the ancients revere friendship? What does it mean that friendship…
 
This week, the gents have a conversation with Nick Jamell of Conversation of Our Generation about how a man can discuss politics virtuously. Show Highlights: Why are political discussions so difficult to navigate nowadays? How the personal became the political. Are there times when it is prudent to not discuss politics? False courage and standing u…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss philia, or friendship, the second love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. The focus of this is on the Aristotelian conception of friendship and the three types of philia. Show Highlights: Who needs friends? Why do we need friends? The three causes of love. Friendships of utility. Friendships of ple…
 
In this episode, Brian muses about virtue in politics: Show Highlights: What level of importance should politics have in our lives? How can we act virtuously in regards to politics? Why don't we have more virtuous candidates? How can we get them? What do you think? Do you agree with Brian's assessment? Send us your thoughts. View the full show note…
 
In this episode, the gents kick back and discuss a whole range of topics: Show Highlights: What's next with the podcast? Dealing with news and social media overload. The need for silence and reflection. Will there ever be a return to normalcy? View the full show notes here. --- Please like, subscribe, and leave a rating and review. Be honest - this…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss storge, or affection, the first love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. Show Highlights: What is storge? Examples of affection. How does affection "color" the other loves? Storge does not discriminate and is the humblest love. Need-Love and Gift-Love in affection. Distortions of Storge. Why you nee…
 
In this episode, the gents dive into different ways we approach "love" of different things, including nature, environmentalism, and patriotism. Show Highlights: Clarification on a few points in prior episode. The Four Loves vs. the theological virtue Charity. Gift-love vs. Need-love. The differences and similarities between Love of Persons and Love…
 
In this episodes, the gents simultaneously kick off two new series: one larger one on the Theological Virtues and one subset one on Love, by utilizing C.S. Lewis' book The Four Loves. Show Highlights: Why should men talk about love? Modern misconceptions of love. How is love understood today? Is love a feeling? Do you choose to fall in love? An int…
 
In this episode, the gents continue their analysis of the advice given by King St. Louis to his son and proscribe more ways we can learn to be men from this noble monarch. Show Highlights: Why gratitude is important. How should you handle those who gossip or incite others to sin? Living a noble life - what does this mean? True justice, in all its f…
 
In this episode, the gents invite Josh Hatcher, Founder of Manlihood.com, on to the show to discuss his project, journey, what it means to be a man, and so much more. Show Highlights: An introduction to the Josh Hatcher. Why did Josh create Manlihood.com? The importance of father figures. Why is humor so important in communicating with men? Being a…
 
In this episode, the gents turn back the clock to the 13th century to discuss and reflect on the advice from King St. Louis IX in his letters to his son. This is part I of what will likely be a two-part series. Show Highlights: Why St. Louis' advice matters today. The importance of fatherly advice. How can advice from a king benefit a modern man? W…
 
In this episode, the gents kick back and discuss a whole host of topics: Show Highlights: What's next with the podcast? Our Exodus 90 journey. A shallow dive into current events and why we need men. Why our faith is central to us and it's future role in this project. View the full show notes here. --- Please like, subscribe, and leave a rating and …
 
Do the Coronavirus lockdowns have you feeling down? Do you feel a bit lazier, despondent or discouraged right now? You'll find a lot of common ground with the guys in this episode. In this episode, the gents give you a step-by-step breakdown with wisdom from saints and philosophers (and themselves!) to help you overcome acedia and all its ill fruit…
 
Do the Coronavirus lockdowns have you feeling down? Do you feel a bit lazier, despondent or discouraged right now? You'll find a lot of common ground with the guys in this episode. We break down symptoms of what could once be considered the "8th Deadly Sin." In this episode, you will learn just what Acedia is and (while we aren't priests or doctors…
 
In this episodes, the gents provide a step-by-step guide to quitting porn once and for all. If you're a man who struggles with this vice (or any addiction, for that matter), you won't want to miss this conversation. Show Highlights: How to make a plan of attack to beat your porn addiction. The importance of prudent and honest reflection. An analysi…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss the harmful effects of pornography and lay a foundation men can use to begin to quit. Show Highlights: Side effects of pornography use. Secondary reasons to quit porn. How do you know you're addicted to porn? Phases of breaking free. Why growth in virtue needs to be paired with quitting an addiction. Getting radic…
 
In this episode, the gents dive a bit deeper into the harmful nature of pornography to line up their last episode on breaking free from this addictive drug. Show Highlights: Pornography and Natural Law. The harm of objectifying people. How porn harms both consumers and producers. Pornography is against the Cardinal Virtues. Porn in the context of o…
 
In this episode, the gents begin a brief discussion about the dangers of pornography use among men. This episode tackles common objections raised to the "anti-porn" crowd by mainstream sources. Show Highlights: What is pornography? Does porn harm people? Is porn safe? Is porn consensual? Pornography and sex-trafficking The addictiveness of pornogra…
 
In this episode, the gents wrap up their discussion of feminism and offer up ways that we can counter their destructive narratives, forging a better society for men and women going ahead. Show Highlights: Why we are all influenced by feminism in modern society. How we can fight for the dignity of men and women. Why life is more nuanced than a tradi…
 
In this episode, the gents discuss the last, most current wave of feminism - the 4th Wave - which has infiltrated the core of our society. Show Highlights: The rise of high-profile sexual harassment cases and #metoo. How feminism has influenced the workplace. Workplace harassment, sensitivity training, and men. The rise of body shaming (and body po…
 
In this episode, the gents invite Beth and Theresa from Freed from Feminism on to the show to discuss their escape from this dangerous ideology and why they believe feminism hurts men, women and families. Show Highlights: An introduction to the hosts of Freed from Feminism. Why Beth and Theresa left the feminist worldview behind. The largest areas …
 
In this episode commemorating the one year anniversary of the Vital Masculinity Project, the gents remember the past year, discuss current events, and look ahead towards the future of the podcast and journal. Check it out to get the first insights as to what’s next for the project! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vitalmasculinity/suppor…
 
In this episodes, the gents move on to third wave feminism and expose the dangers that it has had on our families, society and culture. Show Highlights: Some sources of agreement with third wave feminism. Male effeminacy and domestic violence. "Reproductive rights." More discussion on the ills of contraception and abortion. The reclamation of derog…
 
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