8. Muscular Christianity

8. Muscular Christianity - Muscular Christianity History...

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Muscular Christianity History 303: Sport and the Modern World
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Review British public school as engine of imperialism - Produces imperial administrators - Old Boys Network Belief that sports will: - Provide boys with pluck - Teach boys about fair play - Make them into moral subjects - Reinforce “natural” hierarchies Sports spread throughout the empire.
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Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals A.C. Green Christian Athletes
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Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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How did we get here?
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Main Ideas: 1. Muscular Christianity is and was not just an American movement – It’s a British one as well. 1. Muscular Christianity is and was as much about developing the right type of person as it was about developing the right type of body. 1. Muscular Christianity is and was bound up in ideas of imperialism and class. 1. Muscular Christianity is and was about gender. It developed in response to fears about the feminization of Christianity and focused on the development of male bodies.
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Puritans Movement within the Church of England Want to purify the church Recreate Britain as a Christian nation Some, not ALL, immigrate to the American colonies in the 17 th Century America as “City on the Hill”
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Body and Soul in Christian Theology: The Puritans, Part I Puritan family Hierarchal Men as head Reflective of God’s order BUT… Puritans saw the soul as female. Christ as the bridegroom Erotic descriptions of human and divine relationships Women seen as more spiritual than men Edward Taylor’s “Love Poem to Elizabeth Fitch, written sometime between 1680 - 1720
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The Puritans, Part II The body is seen as a prison for the soul. The body must be disciplined and made weak to allow individuals to become truly godly. Ecstatic religious
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