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Christianity and sport: A promising combination
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Paper presented at the III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science (III ICPESS 2010) on “Youth in Physical Education and Sport”, Singapore, 25 - 28 May 2010
The relationship between Christianity and sport has been a continuing theme in human endeavour particularly during the last 150 years. This paper examines concepts associated with the role of Christian ideals and the evolution of modern sports. Early ideas of Muscular Christianity provide a backdrop for an examination of contemporary issues relating to the significance of Christianity with current sporting practices. Modern sport has moved beyond the traditional notions of Muscular Christianity espoused passionately by Thomas Arnold at
Rugby School and later by G.E.L Cotton at Marlborough College during the middle of the 19th century to a more globalised form of games and sports ethics, whereby Christianity is being integrated more openly as a new dimension. The purpose of this study is to examine and measure the influence of Christianity on
the sports culture and to understand its impact on the current professional and commercial era. lnterviews with sportsmen and coaches highlight contemporary insights in the Singapore context.
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