A Christian Theological Analysis of the Institutions and Governance of Sport: A Case Study of the Modern Olympic Games

Watson, Nick J and Parker, Andrew (2013) A Christian Theological Analysis of the Institutions and Governance of Sport: A Case Study of the Modern Olympic Games. Journal of Religion and Society, 15. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1522-5668

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Abstract

This essay critically examines the institutions of modern sport, specifically the structures and governance of the Modern Olympic Games (1896-present), through a Christian theological lens. We address a range of related issues such as the historical origins and development of modern sporting institutions (which are closely tied to the free-market economy and the professionalization of sport), sin and idolatry, morality in sports practice, governance and administration, and how selectively adopting and synthesizing Marxist and Christian ideas, may further our understanding of power relations in sporting locales. Areas for further research are identified, for example, analysis of the embryonic “sport and peace and reconciliation” literature and a call for more empirical research in the field of sport and religion in general, which has been lacking.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Coaching, Physical Education and Development
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 14:34
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 13:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2339

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