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ERIC Number: EJ824821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
A Theology of Inferiority: Is Christianity the Source of Kinesiology's Second-Class Status in the Academy?
Twietmeyer, Gregg
Quest, v60 n4 p452-466 Nov 2008
What influence has Christianity had on kinesiology and physical education's status in the Academy? Conventional wisdom within kinesiology often seems to argue that the influence has been quite negative. These critics allege that Christianity is a fundamentally dualistic religion. They allege that, at its best, Christianity is suspicious of the body and that, at its worst, Christianity openly proclaims that the body is evil. Despite the popularity of such assertions, there is abundant evidence in both historical and contemporary theology to show that Christianity is a religion in which corporeality plays a central, defining, and positive role. From Saint Paul to Saint Augustine, from Saint Aquinas to the present day, it has been a central doctrine of Christianity that the human body is good and, furthermore, that corporeality plays a vital role in salvation. Consequently, any blanket assertion that Christianity is "the" source of physical education and kinesiology's ills is fundamentally misleading and mistaken. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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