Making of a modern day knight
Raising a Modern Day Knight: A Fathers Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood by Robert LewisWhat does it mean to be a man? Moreover, how do you as a father instill that reality in your son? By Raising a Modern-Day Knight.
The medieval custom of knighthood offers an unique approach to shaping a boy into a strong, godly man. Centuries ago, select boys went through a rigorous, years-long process of clearly defined objectives, goals, and ceremonies—with the hope of achieving knighthood. Along the way, they acquired a boldly masculine vision, an uncompromising code of conduct, and a noble cause in which to invest their lives. They were the heroes of their age.
In much the same way, Raising a Modern-Day Knight will show how you, too, can confidently guide your son to the kind of authentic, biblical manhood that can change out world. Complete with ceremony ideas to celebrate accomplishments and ingrain them in the mind of a knight-in-training, this resource is as insightful as it is practical in raising a boy to be a chivalrous, godly man.
Raising Your Son into Manhood
During the Modern Day Knight program, each of the fathers devoted about 3 hours a week to completing activities, studies and mentoring time with their son. The dads also spent an hour each week in our small group setting learning the materials and discussing the topics. In addition, we also went on outings with all the boys and participated in service projects together. As our bible studies continue, each dad devotes about 30 minutes a day studying the materials for the class and reading the bible. Our small group continues to meet for an hour each Tuesday morning at am. If I did not take on this responsibility, the world would shape his image. In doing so, I learned much more about myself in the process.
Part of the story involves how the modern-day knight is supposed to battle other threats to normative masculinity, namely feminism and gay rights. For nearly sixty years, conservatives have seen feminism and gay rights as threats to patriarchal authority within the traditional family. In the s and throughout the s, numerous commentators lamented the decline of manhood, observing that rapid social changes had destroyed what they viewed as the American way of life. American men needed to take a long look in the mirror, he thought, and take stock of what had gone so horribly wrong. By the late s, conservative writers and commentators had created a cottage industry on effective fathering. For example, Bill McCartney, then the head football coach at the University of Colorado, founded the Promise Keepers to reassert masculine authority, particularly in U.
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