“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.
“As the consummate practical theologian, Jesus cared deeply about topics that were on people’s minds, and so should we. For the first time, we have a very thoughtful articulation of why sport matters, of what are its perils and possibilities, and of how Christ-followers ought to think Christianly about a topic that captures the hearts and minds of millions around the world. We’ve needed this Declaration for decades, and finally it’s here. Thanks be to God!”