Practices for the Twenty-First Century
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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. * William C. Mattison III Wilsey Family Associate Professor, Department of Theology Senior Advisor: Theological Formation, Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame, USA * As a Paralympic Wheelchair athlete who also follows the Christian faith, I am delighted to endorse this book that explores the many ways in which sports and Christianity inter-face, and includes contributions from the world's leading scholars and practitioners in the field. What separates this text from previous works is its' practical focus and accessibility, with questions for class and reflection at the end of each chapter and helpful examples from the world of sports. I recommend this book to athletes, coaches, professors, chaplains in sport, sports ministry personnel and ministers. * Anne Wafula Strike MBE, Paralympian, UK * There is no book on the market quite like Sport and Christianity. Accessible in its prose, wide-ranging in its coverage, and critically appreciative in its tone, this book is tailor-made for undergraduate classes and parish study groups analyzing one of the most important 'signs of the times' in the 21st century. The contributors include an impressively ecumenical range of the leading voices in the field of sport and theology. Intellectually probing yet eminently practical, Sport and Christianity is distinguished by its keen attention to the 'faith practices' that make sport such a formative dimension of modern life. Highly recommended. * J.J. Carney, Associate Professor of Theology, Creighton University, USA * Sport and Christianity opens up new perspectives on the spiritual dimensions of sports through a winning combination of sophisticated theological reflection and cutting-edge studies of lived religion. Hoven, Parker and Watson have devised an ingenious structure for exploring the intellectual, affective, and ethical facets of sports from a Christian standpoint. In assembling a collection that is interdisciplinary, ecumenical, historically well-informed, attentive to practice, and duly attentive to the darker aspects of sports, they have covered all of the bases and produced a comprehensive textbook. With its special focus on the theology of play and the role of sports in spiritual formation, the book is a boon for scholars, practitioners, and students alike. * William A. Barbieri Jr. Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA * Drawing on theology, psychology, history, sociology, and philosophy to recognize sport's potential as an element of worship of God, while also acknowledging how sport can have negative consequences, the book adds to our understanding of the complex connection between sport and Christianity. The application of servant leadership, self-knowledge and the balance between healthy competition and envy to sport, as well as the analysis of how a theology of play might inform a theology of sport, are among the book's groundbreaking contributions. The book will be a classic for years to come. * J STUART WEIR, VERITE SPORT: INTERNATIONAL SPORTS MINISTRY, UK *
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.
Notes on Contrtibutors Foreword - Tony Campolo, Eastern University, USA Introduction - Matt Hoven, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, Canada; Andrew Parker. University of Gloucestershire, UK, and Nick J. Watson, The Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK Part One: Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Mind 1. How Might A Theology Of Play Inform A Theology Of Sport? - Robert K. Johnston, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA 2. The Paradoxical Athlete: Chesterton on Play and Work - Scott Kretchmar, Penn State University, USA and Nick J. Watson, The Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK 3. Creation, Salvation, Competition: Elements in a Christian Doctrine of Sport - Robert Ellis, University of Oxford, UK 4. Flow, Sport and Spiritual Traditions - Patrick Kelly, SJ, Seattle University, USA 5. Historical Relationship between Sport and Christianity - Andrew R. Meyer, Baylor University, USA Part Two: Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Heart and Soul 6. Lived Religion in Sports - Matt Hoven, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, Canada 7. Running as Liturgy - Doug Hochstetler, Penn State University, USA 8. Athletics as Sacrificial Offering - Lillie K. Rodgers, University of Wyoming,USA and F. Clark Power, University of Notre Dame, USA 9. Integrating Faith: Sport Psychology for Christian Athletes and Coaches - Trevor J. Egli, at Johnson University, USA and Matt Hoven, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, Canada Part Three: Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Moral Life 10. Servant Leadership and Sports Coaching - Don Vinson, University of Worcester, UK and Andrew Parker, University of Gloucestershire, UK 11. Sport, Envy, and the Conundrum of Comparison - Brian R. Bolt, Calvin College, USA and Chad Carlson, Hope College, USA 12. Ordo Amoris: The Essence of Christian Wisdom for Sport - Mark Hamilton, Ashland University, USA 13. Sports in the Service of Self-Knowledge - Ed Hastings, Villanova University, USA Conclusion - Matt Hoven, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, Canada; Andrew Parker. University of Gloucestershire, UK, and Nick J. Watson, The Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK