Ok weird warning, post on beards.
I have a beard and I love it. Fortunately for me my wife also likes it. Right now it’s probably at the limits of what’s considered acceptable in the corporate workplace, but I’m not really planning on shortening it anytime soon, especially with deer season fast approaching. Usually I am clean shaven during the summer, but this year I realized the beard reduces facial sunburn. Anyway I found this article on church fathers commenting on the beard. http://www.aleteia.org/en/lifestyle/article/5-church-fathers-on-that-most-manly-of-traits-the-beard-9384004
My favorite is St. Clement of Alexandria, 2nd – 3rd century
“But for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, to arrange his hair at the looking-glass, to shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them, how womanly! […] For this is a meretricious and impious form of snare. For God wished women to be smooth, and rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane; but has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him, as an attribute of manhood, with a shaggy chest.”
Like a Lion. If you’re a man with a smooth face please don’t be offended. But really… reduced sunburn, windburn, reduced visibility to the beasts of the forest and you have a lions mane what’s not to love.