For the Love of Suffering: The Athlete of God

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2019

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This study takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the relationship

between sport and spiritual formation. By inviting to the conversation contributions

from sociological research, personal narratives, biblical themes and philosophical

arguments, it aims to examine how voluntary suffering in sport could provide a context

conducive to spiritual growth. Rather than look at physical engagement in sport and

spiritual formation as unrelated domains of pursuit, we will map the contours where the

two converge and even stimulate one another. We will analyze courage as a unique

quality fit for cultivation in suffering, and positions it as an integral part of living out

faith, hope and love. This study seeks to address the rigidity that is prevalent in the way

Christians think of spirituality and deepen the conversation as it relates to formative

frameworks in athletics.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Won, Mark (2019). For the Love of Suffering: The Athlete of God. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20202.

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