This title will be released on October 31, 2019.
Many people are passionate about sport, yet few give thought to its role and importance in their lives - let alone its relationship to Christian faith. This book examines the potential of sports and challenges readers to consider how it relates to their deepest passions, behaviours, and actions, while providing newcomers to the field with a framework to help consider the connection between sports participation and faith-based values.
Featuring academic writers from a range of disciplinary fields, including philosophy, theology, sports studies and education, Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Twenty-First Century sheds insight into the meaning of sports for Christians as participants and as practitioners. Divided into practises for the mind, for the heart, and for moral life, the numerous topics include the value of play in sports, sports as a means for dialogue between faith traditions, sports as a place to cultivate virtue and the Christian spiritual life, and prayer and religious experiences in sports The result is a text that promotes new ways of thinking about the sports-Christianity relationship while at the same time developing a deeper understanding of the place of sports in our everyday lives.
Bloomsbury Publishing; October 2019
- ISBN: 9780567678621
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Sport and Christianity
- Author: Matt Hoven (ed.); Andrew Parker (ed.); Nick J. Watson (ed.)
Imprint: T&T Clark
In The Press
In the Christian world since St. Paul, and in the pagan world even earlier, people have engaged in sports in manners that reflect and further ingrain their beliefs in answers to ultimate questions. In Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Twenty-First Century, Hoven, Parker and Watson seize an opportune moment - given increasing emphasis on sport as well increased scholarly attention to practices and other non-explicitly religious "liturgies" - to analyze this perennial connection afresh. Similar to how many Christians have used discussion of sexuality as an entry point into Christian faith, Christianity and Sport will reward reading not only by scholars but also by a broader audience who may be surprised at just how "religious" they are.
About The Author
Matt Hoven is Associate Professor of Religion and Education and the Peter and Doris Kule Lecturer at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, Canada.
Andrew Parker is Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach at University of Gloucestershire, UK.
Nick J. Watson is Chief Operating Officer of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK.