“Sport is one of those dominant cultural phenomena that sort of ‘recruits’ us without us realizing it—whether it’s the Sunday rituals of passive spectatorship or the ways that amateur athletics organize the lives of entire families. Theoretical reflection on this, especially theological reflection, has lagged behind these realities for too long. This Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life is a call from thoughtful coaches, practitioners, and scholars to remedy this situation. It is a welcome beginning to a conversation that needs to grow.
“A big thank-you is owed to the Christian coaches, theologians, and academics who have given us this much-needed articulation of a healthy and biblical engagement with sport. With our culture seeming more sports-obsessed by the day and with the values of sports ever ready to distort the values of faith, it is truly a welcome development to hear these discerning voices.”