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Sport, spirityalita e religione: "Muscular Christianity" e oltre

Watson, Nick J. (2011) Sport, spirityalita e religione: "Muscular Christianity" e oltre. Religioni e Societa: Rivista di scienze sociali della religione, 26 (71). pp. 79-90.

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It has been widely argued that during the nineteenth century the English public schools and the Protestant church in Britain played a formative and innovative role in the growth of modern sport through what has been termed ‘muscular Christianity’; an ideology subsequently exported around the globe via British Imperialism. The emergence of neo-muscular Christian groups during the latter half of the twentieth century can be seen as a direct consequence of this historical legacy. Modern-day evangelical Protestant organisations such as Christians in Sport (CiS) in the UK and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Athletes in Action (AIA) in the US, have resurrected many of the basic theological principles used to promote sport and physical fitness in Victorian Britain. This paper examines the historical and theological development of muscular Christianity and how this has impacted the relationship between sport and religion in twenty first century Britain and North America.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/373

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