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Muscular Christianity

Evangelical Protestants and the Development of American Sport

by Tony Ladd

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Published by Baker Books .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Religion,
  • Social Science,
  • Practical Theology,
  • Protestantism,
  • Sports,
  • Religion - Christian Life,
  • Religious aspects,
  • Christian Life - General,
  • General,
  • Christianity and Culture: General Studies, Church History, Evangelicalism,
  • Social Science / Sociology of Religion,
  • Evangelicalism,
  • Sociology of Religion,
  • United States,
  • Institutions & Organizations,
  • United States - Revolutionary War,
  • History

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages288
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL7846446M
    ISBN 100801058473
    ISBN 109780801058479

    There is not loss if we join sports. During that time, the YMCA invented basketball and volleyball, the Men and Religion Forward Movement sought to fill Protestant churches with men, and the churches took the lead in the organized camping and public playground movements. Eventually, as the Olympics became bathed in a tsunami of commercialism, many competitors began to represent corporations as well as nations. The man on the farm and in the workshop here, as in other countries, is apt to get enough physical work; but we were tending steadily in America to produce in our leisure and sedentary classes a type of man not much above the Bengalee baboo, and from this the athletic spirit has saved us. Disdain for immigrants added to the appeal of eugenics.

    The bond between Christianity and sports, the authors say, became institutionalized in the latter half of the 20th century in organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, as well as by the presence of sports chaplains. This novel was read by many people include clergy and educator because there was a good sense, competitive sport was an attribute of the virtuous and moral life. The rough play, if confined within manly and honorable limits, is an advantage [Rooseveltp. Cambridge, Mass. Charles Kingsley, a prominent American clergyman, greatly admired the combination of sport, fitness and intellectual-moral training that boys received in elite British schools. It is enjoy, make healthy and in otherwise it can give income for many people.

    These men, who included Social Gospel leaders such as Josiah Strong and politicians such as Theodore Roosevelt, viewed factors such as urbanization, sedentary office jobs, and non-Protestant immigration as threats not only to their health and manhood but also to their privileged social standing. Followers of Muscular Christianity ultimately found that the only solution to this was to connect faith to the physicality of the body. The sport also resonated with the grander cultural aspirations of the leaders of American universities, who accepted the ideals of muscular Christianity as a means of developing character. The Calvinist mentality might suit young men for business success, while war, like football, gave other young men, who were not likely to successfully fit into the Calvinist mold, an outlet that could offer intense public adulation for those who wished to display their worth or masculinity on the field of war as well as the gridiron. War and Sports The connection between war and sport is not new. They discuss the ways that Christian evangelists like D.


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Muscular Christianity: Evangelical Protestants and the Development of American Sport

These are fascinating questions, not only for Christians, but also for anyone interested in the influence of economics and sociology on religion, and who understands the enormous influence religion has had and continues to have on Western culture in general, and conceptions of manhood in particular.

Almost certainly, more women than men. Its origins can be traced to the New Testament, which sanctions manly exertion Mark and physical health 1 Cor. The rough play, if confined within manly and honorable limits, is an advantage [Rooseveltp. For example, the Olympics illustrate how naturally sports can function within the pillar of war.

Some devout Christians sincerely pray to God to help them win their next game. Zeebra Books In recent years, a number of sports figures--ranging from baseball player Dave Dravecky and football stars Deion Sanders and Reggie White to former college football coach and founder of the Promise Keepers, Bill McCartney--have spoken publicly about the depth of their Christian faith.

At the same time, it made a significant impact on Evangelicalism in the United Statesand was promoted by organizations as the Fellowship of Christian AthletesAthletes in Actionand the Promise Keepers. Luther Burbank and other plant breeders had been making remarkable progress in creating new fruits.

Cheating became just another form of competition. Within a short period of time, strong genes became identified with the white race. Cambridge, Mass. They include the Catholic Church and various rightward leaning Protestant groups.

The postwar devaluation of muscular Christianity was evident not only in literature but also in the mainline Protestant churches.

Muscular Christianity

By the later part of the nineteenth century, football appeared to offer a partial response to the threat of declining masculinity. Muscular Christianity can be traced back to Paul the Apostlewho used athletic metaphors to describe the challenges of a Christian life.

Muscular Christianity : Embodying the Victorian Age

The book told the story of life at the Rugby School an elite British boys secondary school. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the eastern half of the nation was well developed, the Industrial Revolution was at hand, a middle class was emerging, cities were developing, and the once-strong hand of the Puritan philosophy was gradually losing its grip on the social life of the young nation.

Sports also helped to recruit new members into the church. In an age when Christian leaders like Bill McCartney are again using athletics to get men into the church, this study couldn't be more timely. God in the Gym 3. As Kingsley said, "games conduce, not merely to physical, but to moral health".

He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and Turkey where he taught sociology and history classes on sports and culture, and in the Education Department. Muscular Christianity - eBook.

This fear spread to the church as well, where the result was thought to be a moral softening Millerp. Putney here chronicles the rise and eventual decline of this new creed of muscular Christianity, which, for all its brawn and bravado, actually betrayed its founders' fears: that Christian men would degenerate into feminine weakness in a church dominated by women; that Anglo-Saxon Protestants would be overwhelmed by the influx of swarthy Catholics; that infidels would roll back the gains won by previous generations of valiant missionaries.

In all likelihood, brain injuries may have a role to play. Rather than a celebration of play, the Olympics began as a display of skills that were crucial in battle.

As an important game, commercialization of football, as well as other American sports, was inevitable.Aug 09,  · Eugenics and Muscular Christianity. Promoting muscular Christianity would not be enough to create the kind of culture that would keep the country strong so long as waves of.

Muscular Christianity - Ladd and Mathisen. Return to the book list for this category. Muscular Christianity, Tony Ladd and James Mathisen, Baker Books ISBN Ladd and Mathisen trace the interaction between sport and Christianity from to the.

May 15,  · J.A Mangan argues that Christianity became a universal religion largely as a result of the popularity of Muscular Christianity and modern sports. It was far from merely a religious position; its Author: David Titterington. Muscular Christianity can be defined as a Christian commitment to health and manliness.

Its origins can be traced to the New Testament, which sanctions manly exertion (Mark ) and physical health (1 Cor. ). But while muscular Christianity has always been an element in Christianity, it has not always been a major element. Bentley College's Putney surveys "muscular Christianity"—the attempts to make Christianity seem manly and macho—from to and the anecdotes he scatters liberally throughout the.

“ In Muscular Christianity, Clifford Putney revisits some familiar quarries: the denominational periodicals and writings of Christian leaders during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By looking at these materials through the lens of gender, however, he has discerned a rich, new lode of meaning.