Ever wondered about beards and their theology? No, me neither, but this little book has persuaded me that I should have. It is as informative as it is entertaining - read it, you won't regret it.
I love this hirsute "horrible history" of the Church. It's funny, enlightening and completely novel - which is some achievement given the history of Christendom!
On the face of it, tracking the history and theology of men's facial hair throughout the Bible and the history of the Church may "be-a-rd-iffi cult" concept for some of us to take seriously. But I "moustache-sure" you that it leads to an unusual yet intriguing read. Beyond the fuzz Mouse helps us to explore male identity, gender disparity, cultural appropriation and the contextualisation of the gospel. This book does not shortcut the issues, trim off the rough bits or split unnecessary theological hairs. Razor sharp in its wit and charm, it off ers us a whisker-stop tour of all sorts of hairy and prickly issues.
Despite not having a beard (the occasional pre-menopausal random chin hair aside) this is a hairy good read. Beard theology? I mean, who knew? A must-read for everyone from 70s-style Oxbridge chin-stroking theologians to church-in-an-industrial-unit hipster evangelicals.
'Smart, funny and absolutely fascinating. Lurking behind all that facial hair is an unexpectedly profound exploration of the way beliefs turn to rules and change the way we look and act. You'd think a man calling himself Mouse and writing about beards would be hiding something, but this book is wonderfully revealing about human nature.' Cole Moreton, writer & broadcaster
It's in the book's many diversions that the real joy is to be had