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Sports and Christianity : historical and contemporary perspectives

Author: Nick J Watson; Andrew Parker
Publisher: New York : Routledge, ©2013.
Series: Routledge research in sport, culture and society, v. 19.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This interdisciplinary text examines the sports-Christianity interface from Protestant and Catholic perspectives. In addition to a "systematic review of literature," field-pioneering contributors such as Michael Novak, Shirl Hoffman, Joseph Price and Robert Higgs address a wide range of topics from the sporting world, including biblical athletic metaphors, disability, evangelism, professionalism and celebrity,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)730404073
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick J Watson; Andrew Parker
ISBN: 9781136192906 1136192905 9780415899222 0415899222 9780203084625 0203084624 9781283709279 1283709279
OCLC Number: 816294803
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed Nov. 7, 2012).
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 299 pages).
Contents: pt. 1. Historical perspectives on sport and Christianity --
pt. 2. Contemporary perspectives on sport and Christianity.
Series Title: Routledge research in sport, culture and society, v. 19.
Responsibility: edited by Nick J. Watson and Andrew Parker.

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"This interdisciplinary text examines the sports-Christianity interface from Protestant and Catholic perspectives. In addition to a "systematic review of literature," field-pioneering contributors such as Michael Novak, Shirl Hoffman, Joseph Price and Robert Higgs address a wide range of topics from the sporting world, including biblical athletic metaphors, disability, evangelism, professionalism and celebrity, humility and pride, genetic enhancement technologies, stereotypes, sport as art and British and American historical analyses of sport and Christianity. Insightful chapters from Scott Kretchmar, one of the world's leading philosophers of sport, and Father Kevin Lixey, the head of the Vatican's 'Church and Sport' office (2004- ), add further depth and breadth to this book, making it accessible and interesting to academic and practitioner audiences alike. Within the context of this relatively new and rapidly expanding area of inquiry, this collection provides a unique and important addition to the current literature for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and serves as a point of reference for scholars of theology and religious studies, psychology, health studies, ethics and sports studies. The book may also be of interest to physical educators and sports coaches who wish to adopt a more "holistic" and ethical approach to their work. As modern sport is often intertwined with commercial and political agendas, this book offers an important corrective to the "win-at-all-costs" culture of modern sport, which cannot be fully understood through secular ethical inquiry."--Publisher's website.

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