Faith and Sport Revival in Britain: Muscular Christianity and Beyond

Collins, Mike F and Parker, Andrew (2010) Faith and Sport Revival in Britain: Muscular Christianity and Beyond. Stadion: International Journal of the History of Sport, 35. pp. 195-212.

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Abstract

This article addresses first, the formative and innovative role which the English public schools and the Protestant church in Britain played in the growth of modern sport through what has been termed ‘muscular Christianity’; an ideology subsequently exported around the globe via British Imperialism. The article then goes on to locate these developments against the wider cultural backdrop of Victorian society and its prevailing pre-occupation with morality, sanitation and health. The subsequent decline of the relationship between the Protestant church and sport in the UK during the 20th century is acknowledged but it is also argued that there are now signs of church growth and specifically sports ministry as a means of outreach, especially to youth. Accordingly, the final section of the article outlines the teaching and research developing at the University of Gloucestershire, UK to resource sports ministry workers to engage professionally in both church and non-church settings where an understanding of the role of sport is under-developed.

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 15:22
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 14:21
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2344

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