Sport and Mission

Introduction

Rev Samuel Ashe was an 18th century English clergyman who clearly saw the need for interaction between church and sport. He used to spend his Sunday afternoons hiding in the trees by the local sports field. He would bide his time till the football came near him when he would catch the ball and pierce it with a pin [1]. He could then go home rejoicing that he had stopped his parishioners from sinning! There are better ways for Christians to engage with sport.

There has been a dearth of theological reflection on sport [2]. From Tertullian [3] onwards through the Puritans [4], the Christian view of sport has tended to be negative.

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