Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-26-2016

School

School of Education

Major

Sport Management

Keywords

muscular Christianity, Protestantism, sport ministry, YMCA

Disciplines

Christianity | History | Sports Management | Sports Studies

Abstract

“Muscular Christianity” is a scholarly term that is used to define the general view of Christians in Europe and the United States that arose in the 1800s toward sport involvement. Muscular Christian beliefs have progressed throughout the past century and are still influential in the modern world. This thesis seeks to outline the historic progression of muscular Christian beliefs and practices and then explores similarities and differences of modern muscular Christian beliefs with its historic positions. It concludes with a future perspective on the globalization of muscular Christianity and provides suggestions for proper Christian attitudes toward sport.

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