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£32.49

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192859983
Number of Pages: 304
Published: 10/11/2022
Width: 16 cm
Height: 24 cm
Tells the story of the changing relationship between sport and religion from 1800 to the present day Both religion and sport stir deep emotions, shape identities, and inspire powerful loyalties. They have sometimes been in competition for people's resources of time and money, but can also be mutually supportive. We live in a world where sport seems to be everywhere. Not only is there saturation media coverage but governments extol the benefits of sport for nation and individual, and in 2019 the Church of England appointed a Bishop for Sport. The religious world has not always looked so kindly on sport. In the early nineteenth century, Evangelical Christians led campaigns to ban sports deemed cruel, brutal or disorderly. But from the 1850s Christian and other religious leaders turned from attacking 'bad' sports to promoting 'good' ones. The pace of change accelerated in the 1960s, as commercialization of sport intensified and Sunday sport became established, while the world of religion was transformed by increasing secularization, a resurgent Evangelicalism, and the growth of a multi-faith society. This is the first book to tell this story, and while its principal focus is on Christianity, there is additional coverage of Judaism and Islam, as there is of those - from Victorian sporting gentry to present-day football fans and marathon runners - for whom sport is itself a religion.

Hugh McLeod (Emeritus Professor of Church History, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham)

Hugh McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Church History at the University of Birmingham. He was President of the Ecclesiastical History Society 2002-3 and of CIHEC (international organisation of historians of Christianity) 2005-10. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Amsterdam, Uppsala, Münster, Mainz, and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies and received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Lund and Helsinki and the Open University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy 2008.

immensely fascinating...astonishingly wide-ranging... Here is a work unlikely to be soon surpassed. * John Pridmore, Church Times * Genuinely enlightening...The prose is bouncy, engaging and a treat for anyone. * Fred Kelly, The Tablet * an excellent book * Peter Costello, Irish Catholic * highly entertaining, informative and balanced * Dr Mark Chapman, Catholic Herald * careful, balanced, and wide-ranging book * Robert Colls, Society *

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