Devotional Fitness

An Analysis of Contemporary Christian Dieting and Fitness Programs

  • Martin Radermacher

Part of the Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach book series (POPCULT, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martin Radermacher
    Pages 1-11
  3. Theoretical and Methodological Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Martin Radermacher
      Pages 15-32
    3. Martin Radermacher
      Pages 33-59
  4. Body and Religion in Twentieth Century America: From New Thought to Bod4God

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Martin Radermacher
      Pages 63-89
    3. Martin Radermacher
      Pages 91-124
  5. Analysis of Empirical Data: Products, Narratives, and Theologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
  6. Theoretical Reflections—Reflecting Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Martin Radermacher
      Pages 267-270
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-275

About this book


This book examines evangelical dieting and fitness programs and provides a systematic approach of this diverse field with its wide variety of programs. When evangelical Christians engage in fitness and dieting classes in order to “glorify God,” they often face skepticism. This book approaches devotional fitness culture in North America from a religious studies perspective, outlining the basic structures, ideas, and practices of the field. Starting with the historical backgrounds of this current, the book approaches both practice and ideology, highlighting how devotional fitness programs construe their identity in the face of various competing offers in religious and non-religious sectors of society. The book suggests a nuanced and complex understanding of the relationship between sports and religion, beyond ‘simple’ functional equivalency. It provides insights into the formation of secular and religious body ideals and the way these body ideals are sacralized in the frame of an evangelical worldview.


Christian body image North American fitness culture body and religion devotional fitness discourse and embodiment evangelical body image evangelical dieting evangelicalism in the United States evangelicals and popular culture spirituality and fitness

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Radermacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Religious Studies (CERES)Ruhr-UniversityBochumGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49821-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49823-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-3223
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-3231
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