By Annie Blazer

When activities ministry first emerged within the Fifties and Sixties, its founders imagined male famous person athletes as robust salespeople who may possibly carry a message of Christian power: “If athletes can advise shaving cream, razor blades, and cigarettes, without doubt they could recommend the Lord, too,” reasoned Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanen. yet combining evangelicalism and game did even more than function an commercial for faith: it gave athletes the chance to contemplate the embodied reviews of activity so as to adventure intimate reference to the divine. As activities ministry built, it enthusiastic about person spiritual reports and downplayed star revenues energy, starting the door for lady Christian athletes to affix and at last dominate activities ministry. this present day, girls are the vast majority of individuals in activities ministry within the United States. 

 

In Playing for God, Annie Blazer deals an exploration of the heritage and spiritual lives of Christian athletes, displaying that evangelical engagement with pop culture can hold unintentional effects. whilst game grew to become an road for embodied worship, it compelled a reckoning with evangelical teachings concerning the physique. girl Christian athletes more and more became to their very own our bodies to appreciate their spiritual identification, and in so doing, got here to query evangelical mainstays on gender and sexuality. What used to be a male-dominated masculinist undertaking of activities engagement turned a female-dominated circulation that challenged evangelical rules on femininity, marriage hierarchy, and the sinfulness of homosexuality. although evangelicalism has now not replaced wearing tradition, for these desirous about activities ministry, game has replaced evangelicalism.

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