Book review: Sports and Christianity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Vinson, Don (2014) Book review: Sports and Christianity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (2). pp. 251-255. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

The volume of academic literature concerning the interaction between sport and faith has been steadily increasing over the last 30 years. This is the first text, however, that seeks specifically to consider the interaction between Christianity and sport. The editors of this text have made significant contributions to the body of knowledge concerning psychological (Watson) and sociological (Parker) elements of this interaction; this text represents both the coming together of their respective fields of study and a staging post from which future scholarship in this area of study can be launched. The purpose of this book is to reflect on the ways in which the underpinning principles of the Christian faith might allow consideration of the challenges, values and practices of modern-day sport. Additionally, this text seeks to consider how these challenges, values and practices might enhance the way in which we see the future of sport in terms of both its participatory and its structural formation. Watson and Parker believe that such reflections will develop our understanding of the relationship between sport and Christianity, whilst also hoping that the text will further the desire for ongoing empirical scholarship. In order to do so, Watson and Parker have put together a stellar cast of scholars featuring the leading writers in this area. This review seeks to comment on the relative value of the various contributions within Watson and Parker’s text and critique how they sit within the broader literature in their respective fields.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Book Review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 11:03
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2432

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