We have all heard the benefits of getting involved in some sort of activity or exercise, but now, as Ruth Graveling, sports minister at St Thomas Church Norwich suggests, becoming part of a sports group can do far more than just keep you active!
In light of the dramatic increase in academic research activity and practical initiatives on the topic of sports and Christianity over the last decade, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University, in collaboration with the Bible Society, will be hosting the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity later this month.
Our very own author Robert Ellis, Principal of Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford will be attending the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity at York St John later this month, from the 24-28th August. Copies of his book will be available to order direcly from the event!
“This Conference is an excellent way to bring together the various practitioners and disciplines of sport and Christianity. The emphasis on the integrity of its enquiry should ensure that the Conference’s conclusions are taken seriously.”
Rt. Hon. Lord Mawhinney
In The Games People Play, Robert Ellis constructs a theology around the global cultural phenomenon of modern sport, paying particular attention to its British and American manifestations. Using historical narrative and social analysis to enter the debate on sport as religion, Ellis shows that modern sport may be said to have taken on some of the functions previously vested in organized religion. Through biblical and theological reaction, he presents a practical theology of sport’s appeal and value, with special attention to the theological concept of transcendence.
Throughout, he draws on original empirical work with sports participants and spectators. The Games People Play addresses issues often considered problematic in theological discussions of sport, such as gender, race, consumerism, and the role of the modern media, as well as problems associated with excessive competition and performance-enhancing substances.